Tom Ingram keeps title hopes alive with race two win at Silverstone

Tom Ingram keeps title hopes alive with race two win at Silverstone

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Tom Ingram took his third victory of the season in the second British Touring Car Championship race at Silverstone, charging through from 14th on the grid to slash his points deficit to Colin Turkington to 36 points.

The Speedworks Motorsport driver, free of ballast and on the prime tyre, made two places on the opening lap and by the third lap of the race was in eighth position.

He set about picking off the top ten over the first nine laps, before catching race one winner Sam Tordoff on lap ten, with Tordoff’s Ford carrying the full 75 kg of ballast.

Ingram them romped clear thereafter, also posting the fastest lap of the race by a comfortable margin to reduce his deficit to Turkington significantly. It also means that the Northern Irishman cannot now lift the title this weekend, taking the fight to the final meeting of the year at Brands Hatch.

Ciceley Motorsport’s Adam Morgan took second after getting into the podium positions by lap four, before passing Tordoff for the runner-up spot on Lap 14 exiting Woodcote corner.

Tordoff held on the complete the podium and take just his second of the season in as many races.

Team BMW’s Ricky Collard was fourth, ahead of the leading Honda of Simpson Racing’s Matt Simpson in fifth, who had got past Eurotech Racing’s Jack Goff for the position on the second lap of the race.

Goff himself took sixth, ahead of Laser Tools Racing’s Aiden Moffat in seventh. Moffat made a forceful pass on championship leader Turkington on the ninth lap, nudging the BMW driver wide to secure the position. However, Turkington took the chequered flag in eighth, despite having also momentarily lost out to Honda’s Dan Cammish when Moffat made contact.

After a troublesome first race, HMS Racing’s Rob Austin brought his Alfa Romeo home in ninth from 24th on the grid, with Power Maxed Racing’s Senna Proctor completing the top ten in his Vauxhall.

Ciceley Motorsport’s Tom Oliphant followed up his ninth in race one with yet more points in 11th in race two.

Despite starting from second, Motorbase’s Tom Chilton slipped down the order with 66 kg of weight in his Ford, including losing five places on the 12th lap. He then lost out to Power Maxed’s Josh Cook, who took 12th, on the penultimate lap of the race.

The title race took a turn for the worse for Subaru’s Ash Sutton, who finished down in 27th after his car picked up a punctured wooden floor ahead of the race, leaving him to start from the back of the grid. A further pitstop at the end of the warm-up lap scuppered his chances of making progress in the safety car-free race, and Sutton ended the encounter having slipped to fifth in the standings, 62 adrift of Turkington.

BTC Norlin Racing’s Dan Lloyd had briefly run inside the top ten, but the Honda driver was contacted by Tom Oliphant at Maggots and dropped to 24th, before he eventually recovered to take 19th.

The race saw three retirements, with both Team HARD’s Bobby Thompson and AmD Tuning’s Josh Caygill retiring to the pits, whilst Team Parker Racing’s Stephen Jelley was spun into the gravel at Copse corner by Brett Smith on the 15th lap, with his BMW requiring recovery under yellow flags.

Race three is scheduled to get underway at 17:20 BST (18:20 CEST).

Race result

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 22 21:50.946 58.817 14
2 33 Adam MORGAN MAC Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 22 6.412 59.185 6
3 600 Sam TORDOFF Team GardX Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus RS 22 7.921 59.484 1
4 55 M Ricky COLLARD Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 22 8.019 59.278 3
5 303 Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 22 10.84 59.337 5
6 31 Jack GOFF WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 22 11.883 59.446 4
7 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 22 12.318 59.509 13
8 2 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 22 12.391 59.528 7
9 11 Rob AUSTIN DUO Motorsport with HMS Racing Alfa Romeo Giulietta 22 12.875 59.423 24
10 18 M Senna PROCTOR Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 22 13.096 59.364 17
11 15 Tom OLIPHANT Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 22 15.916 59.467 8
12 66 M Josh COOK Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 22 16.577 59.205 28
13 3 Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 22 17.449 59.608 2
14 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 22 17.719 59.145 29
15 27 M Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 22 18.652 59.634 9
16 6 Rory BUTCHER AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG 6 22 18.726 59.589 11
17 99 M Jason PLATO Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 22 19.197 59.227 26
18 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 22 19.717 59.624 31
19 26 Daniel LLOYD BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 22 20.353 59.423 15
20 32 Ethan HAMMERTON Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 22 22.123 59.523 23
21 39 Brett SMITH WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 22 22.431 59.578 12
22 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 125i M Sport 22 22.967 59.188 25
23 43 Ollie PIDGLEY Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 22 23.377 59.811 19
24 21 Mike BUSHELL Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 22 23.519 59.761 30
25 48 Ollie JACKSON AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 22 24.541 59.494 16
26 23 Sam SMELT AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 22 25.602 59.994 21
27 1 M Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 22 35.954 59.093 10
28 20 James COLE Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 22 37.712 59.656 20
R 54 Josh CAYGILL AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG 6 18 DNF 59.728 22
R 60 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 14 DNF 59.055 27
R 19 Bobby THOMPSON Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 3 DNF 1:00.532 18
BTCC points deficit chart
Graphic: TouringCars.Net