Tom Ingram secures maiden pole for new Corolla by two thousandths at...

Tom Ingram secures maiden pole for new Corolla by two thousandths at Snetterton

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Team Toyota GB’s Tom Ingram secured the first pole position of the new-for-2019 Toyota Corolla in qualifying for the British Touring Car Championship at Snetterton.

Practice pacesetter Dan Cammish continued his strong form throughout the half-hour session, before Ingram pipped his time by just 0.002s with his pole lap of 1:54.737 in the final third.

Behind Cammish’s Honda was the older-shaped FK2 Civic of Sam Tordoff for AmD Tuning, the 2016 runner-up heading the third row despite being the best part of three tenths back from the front-row starters.

Snetterton tyre test topper Tom Chilton placed fourth in his Motorbase Performance Ford Focus RS, while reigning champion and standings leader Colin Turkington managed fifth despite carrying maximum ballast on his BMW 330i M Sport.

Jason Plato carried through his practice form to end up sixth in his Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall, just five-thousandths quicker than Andrew Jordan in seventh position.

Triple champion Matt Neal was eighth ahead of Adam Morgan’s Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes A-Class, while Rob Collard rounded out the top ten.

AmD Tuning’s Rory Butcher was 11th, with just four-thousandths of a second between the Scot and Ollie Jackson in 12th and Chris Smiley in 13th, with the top 13 positions all covered by a second on the Snetterton 300 layout.

Jake Hill’s Audi S3 was next ahead of Matt Simpson, who had a mixed session with a decent effort followed by an issue which left him stranded on the infield.

Notably, both Ash Sutton and Josh Cook again struggled outside of the top 15, placing 18th and 19th respectively.

The opening race of the British Touring Car Championship at Snetterton will get underway tomorrow [4 August] at 11:35 BST.

Qualifying result

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 80 M Tom INGRAM Team Toyota GB with Ginsters Toyota Corolla 9 1:54.737 0.000
2 27 M Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 10 1:54.739 0.002
3 600 I Sam TORDOFF Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 12 1:55.023 0.286
4 3 I Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 10 1:55.184 0.447
5 1 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 14 1:55.330 0.593
6 11 M Jason PLATO Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 11 1:55.363 0.626
7 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 330i M Sport 13 1:55.368 0.631
8 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 12 1:55.443 0.706
9 33 I Adam MORGAN Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 10 1:55.663 0.926
10 9 M Rob COLLARD Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 12 1:55.712 0.975
11 6 I Rory BUTCHER Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 12 1:55.723 0.986
12 48 I Ollie JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 10 1:55.726 0.989
13 22 I Chris SMILEY BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 13 1:55.727 0.990
14 24 I Jake HILL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 10 1:55.740 1.003
15 303 I Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 9 1:55.829 1.092
16 19 I Bobby THOMPSON GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 11 1:55.858 1.121
17 32 I Daniel ROWBOTTOM Cataclean Racing with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 12 1:55.960 1.223
18 116 M Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 12 1:55.986 1.249
19 66 I Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 11 1:55.990 1.253
20 15 M Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 11 1:55.990 1.253
21 31 I Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 11 1:56.530 1.793
22 28 I Nicolas HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus RS 13 1:56.657 1.920
23 18 M Senna PROCTOR Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 13 1:56.686 1.949
24 41 I Carl BOARDLEY RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 10 1:57.116 2.379
25 777 I Michael CREES GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 11 1:57.214 2.477
26 8 I Mark BLUNDELL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 12 1:57.348 2.611
27 37 I Rob SMITH Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 13 1:57.400 2.663
28 4 I Sam OSBORNE Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 12 1:57.812 3.075
29 16 I Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 13 1:58.145 3.408
30 12 I Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 3 No time N/A