Tom Ingram converts pole to victory in opening Snetterton contest

Tom Ingram converts pole to victory in opening Snetterton contest

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Team Toyota GB’s Tom Ingram converted pole position into victory in race one of the British Touring Car Championship at Snetterton, fending off early pressure from Dan Cammish’s Honda.

Ingram defended on the opening lap but eventually extended the gap to over three seconds over front-row starter Cammish after the former secured pole by just two thousandths yesterday.

Behind them, Motorbase’s Tom Chilton had leapfrogged Sam Tordoff at turn one and was a firm part of the leading trio before his left-front tyre punctured at Coram on the fifth lap.

That promoted Tordoff back into this starting position of third and meant the 2016 runner-up completed the podium ahead of reigning champion Colin Turkington who was the highest finisher not on the soft compound rubber.

He headed home WSR stablemate and title rival Andrew Jordan, who muscled his way past Jason Plato on lap 10, the pair rubbing at Brundle and Nelson before Jordan completed the move into the Bomb Hole.

That demoted Plato to sixth, forcing him to defend from Rob Collard who in turn managed to hold off Ollie Jackson’s Ford and Matt Simpson’s Honda as they placed seventh, eighth and ninth respectively.

AmD Tuning stablemates Jake Hill and Rory Butcher put in a solid performance to hang on to points despite running the far less favourable harder tyre, while Sutton progressed from 18th on the grid to come home 12th.

Team HARD’s Bobby Thompson secured a handful of points in 13th, while Chris Smiley and Daniel Rowbottom rounded out the points-paying positions in 14th and 15th.

The third BMW of Tom Oliphant was next, while Aiden Moffat enjoyed a positive debut in the Infiniti Q50 to come home 17th.

Notably, both Matt Neal and Adam Morgan retired while they had been running strongly in the top ten, the former seemingly with accident damage and the latter with a gearbox issue.

The second race of the day for the British Touring Car Championship at Snetterton is set to get underway at 14:10 BST.

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 12 23:26.771 1:55.747 1
2 27 M Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 12 3.071 1:55.682 2
3 600 I Sam TORDOFF Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 12 7.199 1:56.197 3
4 1 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 12 12.499 1:56.502 5
5 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 330i M Sport 12 16.918 1:56.740 7
6 11 M Jason PLATO Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 12 19.783 1:56.649 6
7 9 M Rob COLLARD Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 12 20.333 1:56.815 10
8 48 I Ollie JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 12 20.492 1:56.843 12
9 303 I Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 12 21.090 1:56.766 15
10 24 I Jake HILL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 12 28.584 1:57.466 14
11 6 I Rory BUTCHER Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 12 29.419 1:57.741 11
12 116 M Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 12 29.689 1:57.498 18
13 19 I Bobby THOMPSON GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 12 33.946 1:57.535 16
14 22 I Chris SMILEY BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 12 34.871 1:57.800 13
15 32 I Daniel ROWBOTTOM Cataclean Racing with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 12 36.178 1:57.590 17
16 15 M Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 12 44.997 1:58.801 20
17 16 I Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 12 45.475 1:58.174 29
18 31 I Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 12 45.886 1:59.102 21
19 18 M Senna PROCTOR Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 12 46.199 1:58.976 23
20 66 I Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 12 52.334 1:59.285 19
21 41 I Carl BOARDLEY RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 12 53.244 1:58.829 24
22 28 I Nicolas HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus RS 12 53.834 1:57.705 22
23 8 I Mark BLUNDELL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 12 56.934 1:58.919 26
24 4 I Sam OSBORNE Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 12 58.699 1:59.621 28
25 12 I Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 12 1:03.242 1:58.606 30
26 37 I Rob SMITH Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 12 1:06.880 1:59.863 27
27 777 I Michael CREES GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 12 1:41.591 1:58.800 25
R 33 I Adam MORGAN Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 5 DNF 1:56.311 9
R 3 I Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 4 DNF 1:55.908 4
R 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 1 DNF 2:07.875 8
BTCC Points standings after Round 16
Graphic: TouringCars.Net