Tom Ingram passes polesitter Jason Plato to take race one win at...

Tom Ingram passes polesitter Jason Plato to take race one win at Silverstone

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Team Toyota GB’s Tom Ingram took victory from polesitter Jason Plato in the opening British Touring Car Championship race at Silverstone after progressing from fourth on the grid.

Plato enjoyed an ideal start on a damp-but-drying circuit, but Ingram had moved up to second by the end of the opening lap with a move on Matt Neal at Brooklands before setting about closing the gap to the leader.

After going purple on the following lap, Ingram challenged Plato and executed the cutback on the exit of Luffield to draw alongside before completing the move into Copse corner after the pair banged wheels.

Thereafter, Plato struggled to match the pace of Ingram, and the gap between the pair was over four seconds at the flag as Ingram gave the new-for-2019 Corolla its third win of the season.

In his 100th BTCC race, Chris Smiley completed the podium ahead of BTC Racing team-mate Josh Cook, who secured strong points in his title bid as the pair came home third and fourth respectively.

Team BMW’s Tom Oliphant converted his strong qualifying result into fifth position in the best of the WSR BMWs, while Matt Neal came home sixth despite struggling on the medium compound tyre in the early stages.

Series returnee Mike Bushell impressed in seventh position, as the Kent racer continues to step in for Sam Tordoff in the AmD Tuning FK2 Honda Civic after making his return to the series at Knockhill.

Title contender Andrew Jordan looked to initially have narrowed the gap to leader Colin Turkington in eighth position, but Jordan was later handed a post-race time penalty dropping him to tenth after contact with Tom Chilton.

Jordan’s WSR stablemate Turkington, meanwhile, suffered contact with Rob Collard on the exit of Luffield mid-way through the race.

Collard had Adam Morgan’s Mercedes on the inside – who would eventually come home ninth, later eighth after Jordan’s penalty, while Turkington was pitched into a spin and briefly dropped out of the points.

Motorbase Performance’s Tom Chilton was ninth after being reinstated ahead of Jordan, who took tenth. Chilton was part of a titanic battle for ninth which saw Dan Cammish’s Honda clinch 11th at the line from Collard’s Vauxhall.

Matt Simpson’s older Honda Civic came home 13th, while Turkington recovered to 14th in the final laps following the earlier spin.

Knockhill polesitter and racewinner Rory Butcher was 15th in the final points-paying position, ahead of AmD Tuning stablemate and fellow Knockhill winner Jake Hill in 16th.

2017 champion Ash Sutton had been battling for fourth position with Cook, but suffered the same fate as his team-mate Senna Proctor had earlier in the race, with both Subaru Levorgs having left-front punctures.

Both Mark Blundell and Stephen Jelley had heavy front damage after contact on the exit of Becketts mid-race.

Race two of the British Touring Car Championship at Silverstone is set to get underway at 14:35 BST.

Amended 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 22 21:40.695 58.231 4
2 11 M Jason PLATO Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 22 4.312 58.252 1
3 22 I Chris SMILEY BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 22 7.554 58.340 2
4 66 I Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 22 8.071 58.507 9
5 15 M Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 22 13.265 58.240 5
6 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 22 14.028 58.419 3
7 21 I Mike BUSHELL Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 22 16.886 58.537 13
8 33 I Adam MORGAN Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 22 23.676 58.922 23
9 3 I Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 22 23.926 58.796 11
10 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 330i M Sport 22 23.987 58.656 14
11 27 M Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 22 24.064 58.521 7
12 9 M Rob COLLARD Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 22 24.119 58.784 17
13 303 I Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 22 24.384 58.749 21
14 1 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 22 25.716 58.608 6
15 6 I Rory BUTCHER Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 22 27.963 58.964 12
16 24 I Jake HILL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 22 28.903 58.841 22
17 31 I Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 22 29.617 58.944 15
18 48 I Ollie JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 22 30.127 58.863 18
19 16 I Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 22 30.991 58.753 19
20 44 I Michael CAINE Motorbase Performance Ford Focus RS 22 31.217 58.627 16
21 4 I Sam OSBORNE Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 22 34.709 59.294 30
22 37 I Rob SMITH Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 22 36.586 59.067 29
23 41 I Carl BOARDLEY RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 22 37.116 59.248 27
24 116 M Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 21 + 1 LAP 57.967 8
25 18 M Senna PROCTOR Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 21 + 1 LAP 57.975 10
26 32 I Daniel ROWBOTTOM Cataclean Racing with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 19 + 3 LAPS 58.850 25
R 19 I Bobby THOMPSON GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 15 DNF 58.960 20
R 12 I Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 8 DNF 1:00.000 26
R 8 I Mark BLUNDELL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 8 DNF 59.335 28
R 777 I Michael CREES GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 5 DNF 1:00.833 24
BTCC points deficit after Round 25
Graphic: TouringCars.Net