Tom Ingram scythes through to become first repeat winner in 2018

Tom Ingram scythes through to become first repeat winner in 2018

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Tom Ingram put in a superlative display from the seventh row of the grid to win the second British Touring Car Championship race of the weekend at Donington Park.

The Speedworks Motorsport driver took the chequered flag 0.834 seconds clear of BTC Norlin’s Chris Smiley, who took his first podium in the series and championship rival Jack Goff’s Honda Civic Type R.

The disparity between Ingram and the latter means he extends his lead in the Drivers Championship to 8 points over the Eurotech racer.

Dan Cammish made the best start and led the early laps after a move into Redgate on pole-sitter Josh Cook, but struggled at half distance as the rapid trio of Ingram, Smiley and Goff cut their way through.

Smiley initially led that pack, but lost the eventual race lead from Ingram into the final chicane with six laps remaining.

Adam Morgan started on the twelfth row and finished an excellent fifth in the leading Mercedes A-Class, ahead of Motorbase’s James Cole.

Cook struggled to keep pace with the leaders in a ballast-laden Vauxhall Astra, eventually finishing seventh.

Reigning champion Ash Sutton might have hoped for more than eighth in the ballast-free, prime tyre shod Subaru Levorg GT but continues to bank points, with Rory Butcher ninth in another positive showing for the AmD-run MG6.

Tom Chilton put a messy opening race behind him in tenth, but team-mate Sam Tordoff in 11th was arguably the star of the race, recovering from the back row of the grid to cut his way through, strengthening the GardX-backed racer’s belief his Focus RS has the potential to win races this weekend.

Tom Oliphant, Rob Collard and the flagging Brett Smith and Aiden Moffat complete the top fifteen.

Colin Turkington endured a nightmare race after being hauled off the grid by his WSR engineers. The double champion briefly took part in the race from the pit lane, but retired at half-distance and scored no points.

Team-mate Andrew Jordan also struggled in 18th, whilst Jason Plato is still yet to score a point this season in 20th.

The grid for the reverse grid race will be made shortly, with the contest scheduled to get underway at 17:25.

Race result

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 16 19:08.525 1:10.453 13
2 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 16 0.834 1:10.559 7
3 31 Jack GOFF WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 16 3.484 1:10.521 12
4 27 M Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 16 6.214 1:10.994 2
5 33 Adam MORGAN MAC Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 16 6.555 1:10.160 22
6 20 James COLE Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 16 7.696 1:10.719 5
7 66 M Josh COOK Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 16 7.873 1:10.973 1
8 1 M Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 16 8.396 1:10.566 11
9 6 Rory BUTCHER AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG 6 16 12.803 1:10.793 21
10 3 Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 16 14.495 1:10.432 28
11 600 Sam TORDOFF Team GardX Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus RS 16 15.164 1:10.476 31
12 15 Tom OLIPHANT Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 16 16.515 1:11.218 8
13 5 M Rob COLLARD Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 16 18.590 1:11.160 10
14 39 Brett SMITH WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 16 19.016 1:10.989 4
15 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 16 21.024 1:11.660 3
16 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 16 21.306 1:11.651 6
17 12 Tom BOARDMAN AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG 6 16 21.748 1:11.561 15
18 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 125i M Sport 16 24.417 1:11.469 20
19 60 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 16 24.603 1:11.298 29
20 99 M Jason PLATO Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 16 25.237 1:11.287 24
21 11 Rob AUSTIN DUO Motorsport with HMS Racing Alfa Romeo Giulietta 16 25.699 1:10.770 14
22 18 M Senna PROCTOR Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 16 25.912 1:10.936 32
23 24 Jake HILL Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 16 26.517 1:11.647 16
24 19 Bobby THOMPSON Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 16 27.001 1:11.340 19
25 303 Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 16 27.545 1:10.214 30
26 28 Josh PRICE Autoglym Academy Racing Subaru Levorg GT 16 28.659 1:11.643 25
27 44 Michael CAINE Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 16 30.236 1:11.711 23
28 21 Mike BUSHELL Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 16 31.411 1:11.592 26
29 48 Ollie JACKSON AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 16 1:08.515 1:10.755 18
R 23 Sam SMELT AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 8 DNF 1:11.237 27
R 2 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 8 DNF 1:11.001 9
R 14 James NASH BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 0 DNF 0:00.000 17