Tom Ingram takes first blood in opening BTCC practice at Brands Hatch

Tom Ingram takes first blood in opening BTCC practice at Brands Hatch

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Tom Ingram topped the time sheets in the opening practice session of the 2018 British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch.

The 2017 Independents champion clocked a fastest time of 48.384 seconds around the 1.2 mile Indy circuit at the Kent venue, with Jack Goff just 0.056s adrift in his Eurotech Honda Civic Type R, in turn just one thousandth of a second clear of Tom Chilton in the Motorbase Ford Focus RS.

Changeable conditions convinced some drivers to opt for wet tyres at the start of the session, but the circuit would quickly dry and most ran slicks for the remainder of free practice.

The Mercedes trio of Aiden Moffat, Adam Morgan and Tom Oliphant set the early pace, but times lowered dramatically as conditions improved.

Ingram eventually emerged atop the timesheets and stretched his advantage further before the conclusion of the forty-minute session.

In fourth position was Matt Simpson in the second Eurotech Honda, ahead of Sam Tordoff, who makes his return to the series this weekend in his Motorbase Ford.

Series debutante Dan Cammish would grab sixth position in the new-for-2018 Honda Civic Type R FK7 after he improved late in the session, ahead of Rory Butcher, who impressed in the AmD Tuning MG6 GT as he starts his first full-season campaign in the category.

He was just ahead of Josh Cook in the Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra, with 2017 runner-up Colin Turkington and Morgan’s Mercedes rounding out the top ten.

Defending champion Ashley Sutton had a quiet start to his title defence in 13th behind the wheel of the Subaru Levorg GT, with team-mate Jason Plato down in 26th.

Session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 28 48.384 0.000
2 31 Jack GOFF WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 26 48.440 0.056
3 3 Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 28 48.441 0.057
4 303 Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 31 48.520 0.136
5 600 Sam TORDOFF Team GardX Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus RS 29 48.532 0.148
6 27 Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 24 48.534 0.150
7 6 Rory BUTCHER AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG6 24 48.561 0.177
8 66 Josh COOK Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 24 48.608 0.224
9 2 Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 30 48.648 0.264
10 33 Adam MORGAN MAC Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 28 48.657 0.273
11 21 Mike BUSHELL Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 28 48.660 0.276
12 20 James COLE Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 30 48.663 0.279
13 1 Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 28 48.668 0.284
14 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 36 48.669 0.285
15 15 Tom OLIPHANT Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 32 48.757 0.373
16 25 Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 27 48.769 0.385
17 60 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 28 48.799 0.415
18 39 Brett SMITH WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 25 48.805 0.421
19 77 Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 125i M Sport 32 48.852 0.468
20 24 Jake HILL Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 27 48.855 0.471
21 11 Rob AUSTIN DUO Motorsport with HMS Racing Alfa Romeo Giulietta 25 48.870 0.486
22 18 Senna PROCTOR Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 28 48.892 0.508
23 5 Rob COLLARD Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 33 49.016 0.632
24 48 Ollie JACKSON AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 26 49.088 0.704
25 12 Tom BOARDMAN AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG6 15 49.227 0.843
26 99 Jason PLATO Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 25 49.229 0.845
27 19 Bobby THOMPSON Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 23 49.253 0.869
28 14 James NASH BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 30 49.296 0.912
29 44 Michael CAINE Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 23 49.318 0.934
30 28 Josh PRICE Autoglym Academy Racing Subaru Levorg GT 22 49.323 0.939
31 23 Sam SMELT AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 23 49.861 1.477
32 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 4 No time