Late effort hands Tom Ingram bragging rights in opening Croft practice

Late effort hands Tom Ingram bragging rights in opening Croft practice

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Tom Ingram headed the time sheets in the Speedworks Motorsport-run Toyota Avensis during the opening British Touring Car Championship practice session at Croft.

The reigning Independents Champion posted a quickest time of 1:24.600 seconds on his final run around the 2.1 mile Yorkshire circuit, edging out the HMS Racing Alfa Romeo Giulietta of Rob Austin by seven hundredths of a second.

Team BMR enjoyed their best showing of the season to date, with Ash Sutton and Jason Plato third and fourth respectively in the Subaru Levorg GTs.

An electrical issue had prevented Plato from joining the fray at the start, but he exited pit lane with enough time to set five laps, and ultimately finished just 0.3 seconds adrift of the pace-setters.

Mike Bushell was classified fifth ahead of Matt Neal and the WSR BMW pairing of Colin Turkington and Andrew Jordan, both of whom are set for a strong weekend, if past results are anything to go by.

Aiden Moffat was the leading Mercedes A-Class in ninth with championship contender Adam Morgan behind for Ciceley Motorsport to round out the top ten.

The session passed with relatively little drama, though Matt Simpson did lock up and collide into the rear of Senna Proctor’s Vauxhall Astra at Tower in the opening laps.

Both escaped with relatively minor damage, though the #303 machine was forced to pit for a new bonnet.

The weekend continues with second practice at 12:00 BST.

Session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 16 1:24.600 0.000
2 11 Rob AUSTIN DUO Motorsport with HMS Racing Alfa Romeo Giulietta 17 1:24.674 0.074
3 1 Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 14 1:24.846 0.246
4 99 Jason PLATO Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 5 1:24.901 0.301
5 21 Mike BUSHELL Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 17 1:24.943 0.343
6 25 Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 16 1:25.016 0.416
7 2 Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 17 1:25.037 0.437
8 77 Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 125i M Sport 17 1:25.058 0.458
9 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 21 1:25.100 0.500
10 33 Adam MORGAN MAC Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 18 1:25.121 0.521
11 5 Rob COLLARD Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 16 1:25.126 0.526
12 600 Sam TORDOFF Team GardX Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus RS 17 1:25.149 0.549
13 15 Tom OLIPHANT Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 19 1:25.211 0.611
14 66 Josh COOK Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 14 1:25.361 0.761
15 27 Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 16 1:25.540 0.940
16 303 Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 15 1:25.542 0.942
17 3 Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 16 1:25.634 1.034
18 28 Josh PRICE Autoglym Academy Racing Subaru Levorg GT 17 1:25.698 1.098
19 24 Jake HILL Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 16 1:25.710 1.110
20 20 James COLE Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 15 1:25.718 1.118
21 44 Michael CAINE Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 19 1:25.726 1.126
22 48 Ollie JACKSON AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 18 1:25.796 1.196
23 18 Senna PROCTOR Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 15 1:25.916 1.316
24 60 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 12 1:25.932 1.332
25 39 Brett SMITH WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 17 1:26.147 1.547
26 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 18 1:26.200 1.600
27 31 Jack GOFF WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 14 1:26.215 1.615
28 26 Daniel LLOYD BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 16 1:26.344 1.744
29 6 Rory BUTCHER AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG 6 12 1:26.590 1.990
30 12 Tom BOARDMAN AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG 6 15 1:26.761 2.161
31 23 Sam SMELT AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 7 1:30.302 5.702
32 19 Bobby THOMPSON Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 3 No time N/A