Tom Ingram secures maiden victory for new Toyota Corolla

Tom Ingram secures maiden victory for new Toyota Corolla

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Team Toyota GB’s Tom Ingram secured the first victory for the new-for-2019 Toyota Corolla in the final British Touring Car Championship race at Donington Park.

The 2018 runner-up started from reverse-grid pole on the favourable softer rubber, and led from lights-to-flag to score his first victory as a manufacturer-backed driver in front of some 4,500 Toyota representatives.

He headed a medium-tyre shod top three with Power Maxed Racing’s Rob Collard securing his first podium in the Vauxhall Astra ahead of erstwhile championship leader Josh Cook, who recovered his weekend well after a disastrous race one.

With more drama at the Old Hairpin on the opening lap, a safety car was necessitated after both Team HARD VWs of Carl Boardley and Michael Crees lost the rear through the Craner Curves and ended up in the barriers.

Their stablemate Jack Goff also suffered drama after being forced onto the grass and being collected in an unfortunate incident with Nic Hamilton at the Old Hairpin.

Ingram nailed the restart while Jake Hill slipped back, eventually losing out to Rory Butcher as the best of the hard tyre runners, with the Brands Hatch winner coming home fourth in his AmD Tuning FK2 Honda Civic.

New championship leader Ash Sutton consolidated his double podium with fifth position in the final race at the Leicestershire circuit, ahead of Hill who displayed a brilliant defensive drive to hold onto sixth position.

Double BTCC champion Jason Plato secured another top ten, ahead of Adam Morgan made late progress on the medium tyre, rewarding his Ciceley Motorsport team after their hard work to replace the front end of the Mercedes after heavy race one damage.

Double winner Colin Turkington capped off his day with ninth, advancing to third in the standings after a hugely successful day in his BMW 3 Series, with Halfords Yuasa Racing’s Dan Cammish completing the top ten in the third contest.

Chris Smiley recovered well in his BTC Racing FK8 Honda Civic Type R after a DNF in race two with broken suspension to finish 11th, passing Motorbase’s Tom Chilton in the closing stages of the race.

Race one podium finisher Tom Oliphant was next, a couple of seconds clear of Aiden Moffat’s Mercedes A-Class, with Sam Tordoff securing the final points-paying position in 15th.

Matt Neal, who finished second in race two, struggled in the final race to finish 18th.

Race result

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 80 M Tom INGRAM Team Toyota GB with Ginsters Toyota Corolla 19 26:04.472 1:09.720 1
2 9 M Rob COLLARD Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 19 1.092 1:09.668 4
3 66 I Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 19 4.730 1:09.892 3
4 6 I Rory BUTCHER Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 19 10.087 1:10.282 6
5 116 M Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 19 12.649 1:10.448 8
6 24 I Jake HILL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 19 13.367 1:10.706 2
7 11 M Jason PLATO Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 19 13.933 1:10.521 5
8 33 I Adam MORGAN Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 19 14.328 1:10.322 12
9 1 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 19 14.899 1:10.565 10
10 27 M Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 19 15.314 1:10.452 13
11 22 I Chris SMILEY BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 19 17.413 1:10.220 25
12 3 I Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 19 18.316 1:10.675 7
13 15 M Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 19 18.734 1:10.386 17
14 16 I Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 19 20.872 1:10.762 24
15 600 I Sam TORDOFF Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 19 21.637 1:10.274 14
16 48 I Ollie JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 19 23.366 1:10.902 11
17 32 I Daniel ROWBOTTOM Cataclean Racing with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 19 23.709 1:10.820 21
18 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 19 23.985 1:10.925 9
19 37 I Rob SMITH Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 19 25.129 1:11.213 18
20 12 I Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 19 28.921 1:10.361 26
21 18 M Senna PROCTOR Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 19 28.999 1:10.484 20
22 8 I Mark BLUNDELL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 19 29.907 1:11.385 29
23 4 I Sam OSBORNE Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 19 30.446 1:11.268 28
R 28 I Nicolas HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus RS 13 DNF 1:11.898 19
R 19 I Bobby THOMPSON GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 12 DNF 1:10.768 27
R 303 I Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 11 DNF 1:11.610 22
R 31 I Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 1 DNF N/A 23
R 41 I Carl BOARDLEY RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 0 DNF N/A 15
R 777 I Michael CREES GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 0 DNF N/A 16
NS 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 330i M Sport DNS N/A 30