Championship leader Tom Ingram heads opening Rockingham practice

Championship leader Tom Ingram heads opening Rockingham practice

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British Touring Car Championship leader Tom Ingram set the pace during the opening free practice session at Rockingham Motor Speedway.

Ingram – who clocked a fastest time of 1:23.284s around the 1.94 mile International Sports Car Circuit layout behind the wheel of his Toyota Avensis on his first run – edged out a late charging Rob Austin by 0.048 seconds.

That time could be considered fairly representative, just a tenth of a second adrift from James Cole’s pole position time twelve months ago.

The competitive nature of the UK’s headline tin-top series was highlighted with the 31-car field split by a little over 2 seconds and with eight different models of car occupying the top eight positions on the time sheets.

The triple-header at Rockingham could prove crucial if Sam Tordoff is to remain a title contender, and he led Motorbase’s charge a mere 0.011s behind the duo.

Andrew Jordan and Adam Morgan rounded out the top five for BMW Pirtek Racing and Ciceley Motorsport respectively, with Mike Bushell a solid sixth for Team HARD.

Sam Smelt put in a season-best showing of seventh in the AmD-run Audi S3 ahead of Josh Cook in the leading Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra.

Tom Oliphant and Daniel Lloyd round out the top ten.

Snetterton race-winners Jack Goff, Ash Sutton and Matt Neal all struggled to 13th, 22nd and 26th, and their team mates fared no better.

Jason Plato could only muster 19th in the Subaru Levorg GT, with Dan Cammish a little further ahead in 16th.

Championship newcomers Ricky Collard (Team BMW), Glynn Geddie (AmD) and Ollie Pidgeley (Team HARD) rounded out the field after their first competitive action.

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 18 1:23.284 0.000
2 11 Rob AUSTIN DUO Motorsport with HMS Racing Alfa Romeo Giulietta 18 1:23.332 0.048
3 600 Sam TORDOFF Team GardX Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus RS 16 1:23.343 0.059
4 77 Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 125i M Sport 15 1:23.415 0.131
5 33 Adam MORGAN MAC Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 19 1:23.454 0.170
6 21 Mike BUSHELL Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 16 1:23.478 0.194
7 23 Sam SMELT AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 17 1:23.500 0.216
8 66 Josh COOK Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 12 1:23.505 0.221
9 15 Tom OLIPHANT Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 12 1:23.520 0.236
10 26 Daniel LLOYD BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 19 1:23.588 0.304
11 3 Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 15 1:23.648 0.364
12 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 19 1:23.787 0.503
13 31 Jack GOFF WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 14 1:23.800 0.516
14 39 Brett SMITH WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 21 1:23.896 0.612
15 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 18 1:23.896 0.612
16 27 Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 14 1:23.953 0.669
17 60 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 17 1:24.024 0.740
18 48 Ollie JACKSON AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 16 1:24.055 0.771
19 99 Jason PLATO Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 18 1:24.085 0.801
20 6 Rory BUTCHER AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG 6 17 1:24.086 0.802
21 2 Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 15 1:24.116 0.832
22 1 Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 11 1:24.119 0.835
23 20 James COLE Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 14 1:24.135 0.851
24 19 Bobby THOMPSON Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 8 1:24.159 0.875
25 18 Senna PROCTOR Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 15 1:24.194 0.910
26 25 Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 15 1:24.259 0.975
27 303 Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 17 1:24.295 1.011
28 44 Michael CAINE Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 15 1:24.488 1.204
29 55 Ricky COLLARD Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 17 1:24.845 1.561
30 41 Glynn GEDDIE AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG 6 21 1:25.284 2.000
31 43 Ollie PIDGLEY Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 20 1:25.301 2.017