Tom Ingram was circumspect after qualifying in 15th for the opening British Touring Car Championship race at Croft, with the Toyota racer admitting that his session ‘could have been a lot worse’.
In a session strewn with red-flag stoppages and late rain showers, Ingram was unable to get a clear run to go any better than 15th for the first race.
The Speedworks driver ended up almost nine tenths away from pole position, but speaking to TouringCars.Net after the session he said he was confident in the car and his ability to make progress in Sunday’s races.
“We’re 15th, it’s not ideal, but it could also have been a lot worse looking at other people around us,” said Ingram. “The car felt mega, but we didn’t even get one lap to do it – it was an out lap really – so it was annoying.
“It’s one of those things and we could have come off a lot worse. The car feels superb, so we’ll push through and see what happens.”
Ingram believes that he was making progress with the car throughout Saturday’s running, leaving him confident for Sunday’s races – with races one and two forecast to take place on a dry track.
“We improved the car all day. We started off in FP1 with a couple of areas we needed to sort, FP2 got better and then in qualifying it felt really nice, so it’s a shame we ‘weren’t allowed’ to go and do it.
“It gives us a good chance to have some fun tomorrow, try to get through the pack as the day goes on and learn more about the car.”