Tom Ingram tops official BTCC test day at Silverstone

Tom Ingram emerged as the fastest driver at the end of official testing during the British Touring Car Championship season launch at Silverstone, with the Toyota driver clocking a time which was half a tenth quicker than MB Motorsport’s Jake Hill in the afternoon.

Hill had earlier been the quickest driver in the morning session, when he posted a time of 1 minute 6.512 seconds around the Silverstone International circuit in his Honda Civic.

But it was Ingram who topped the afternoon session and the combined times, the Speedworks driver putting in a lap which was nearly four tenths quicker than anyone had gone in the morning session.

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Honda’s Dan Cammish was third quickest, three tenths off the pace, whilst Motorbase Performance’s Rory Butcher ended the day in fourth in the new Ford Focus ST developed by the Kent squad during the winter.

Reigning champion Colin Turkington had the fifth fastest combined time in his BMW, just over half a second off the pace, ahead of Senna Proctor in sixth in an impressive performance by the all-new Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 N Fastback.

The test was held behind closed doors, with no public access due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in the UK and Europe.

TOCA earlier confirmed that the first three rounds, originally scheduled to be held at Donington Park, Brands Hatch and Silverstone respectively, would be postponed due to the COVID-19 virus situation.

Morning session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 24 Jake HILL MB Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R 44 1:06.512 0.000
2 77 Andrew JORDAN Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 47 1:06.827 0.315
3 80 Tom INGRAM Toyota Gazoo Racing UK with Ginsters Toyota Corolla 48 1:06.903 0.391
4 1 Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 65 1:06.911 0.399
5 27 Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type-R 28 1:06.960 0.448
6 180 James GORNALL GKR TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 63 1:07.027 0.515
7 15 Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 59 1:07.107 0.595
8 18 Senna PROCTOR Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 Fastback N 38 1:07.119 0.607
9 12 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 26 1:07.295 0.783
10 25 Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type-R 34 1:07.379 0.867
11 6 Rory BUTCHER Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 56 1:07.395 0.883
12 11 Jason PLATO Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 43 1:07.400 0.888
13 66 Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 45 1:07.465 0.953
14 33 Daniel ROWBOTTOM Carlube Triple R Racing with Cataclean & Mac Tools Mercedes-Benz A-Class 47 1:07.508 0.996
15 3 Tom CHILTON BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 40 1:07.573 1.061
16 777 Michael CREES BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 46 1:07.578 1.066
17 48 Ollie JACKSON Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 65 1:07.608 1.096
18 22 Chris SMILEY Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 Fastback N 36 1:07.630 1.118
19 7 Mat JACKSON Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 54 1:07.844 1.332
20 4 Sam OSBORNE MB Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R 35 1:07.848 1.336
21 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 21 1:07.849 1.337
22 31 Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance Racing with Team HARD. Volkswagen CC 31 1:07.909 1.397
23 32 Adam MORGAN Carlube Triple R Racing with Cataclean & Mac Tools Mercedes-Benz A-Class 33 1:07.928 1.416
24 65 Howard FULLER RCIB Insurance Racing with Team HARD. Volkswagen CC 33 1:08.044 1.532
25 28 Nicolas HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with Team HARD. Volkswagen CC 41 1:08.063 1.551
26 19 Bobby THOMPSON GKR TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 14 1:08.077 1.565
27 41 Carl BOARDLEY Team HARD. BMW 125i M Sport 33 1:08.316 1.804
28 44 Andy NEATE Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 34 1:09.291 2.779
29 116 Ashley SUTTON Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 9 No time N/A

Afternoon session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 80 Tom INGRAM Toyota Gazoo Racing UK with Ginsters Toyota Corolla 48 1:06.171 0.000
2 24 Jake HILL MB Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R 42 1:06.222 0.051
3 27 Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type-R 38 1:06.490 0.319
4 6 Rory BUTCHER Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 44 1:06.612 0.441
5 1 Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 45 1:06.685 0.514
6 18 Senna PROCTOR Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 Fastback N 40 1:06.780 0.609
7 77 Andrew JORDAN Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 39 1:06.840 0.669
8 25 Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type-R 39 1:06.925 0.754
9 116 Ashley SUTTON Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 8 1:06.968 0.797
10 22 Chris SMILEY Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 Fastback N 20 1:06.997 0.826
11 15 Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 50 1:07.031 0.860
12 777 Michael CREES BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 45 1:07.061 0.890
13 48 Ollie JACKSON Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 58 1:07.066 0.895
14 19 Bobby THOMPSON GKR TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 46 1:07.080 0.909
15 11 Jason PLATO Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 42 1:07.106 0.935
16 180 James GORNALL GKR TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 45 1:07.149 0.978
17 3 Tom CHILTON BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 38 1:07.173 1.002
18 4 Sam OSBORNE MB Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R 35 1:07.260 1.089
19 31 Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance Racing with Team HARD. Volkswagen CC 34 1:07.265 1.094
20 12 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 34 1:07.273 1.102
21 41 Carl BOARDLEY Team HARD. BMW 125i M Sport 32 1:07.318 1.147
22 33 Daniel ROWBOTTOM Carlube Triple R Racing with Cataclean & Mac Tools Mercedes-Benz A-Class 29 1:07.440 1.269
23 7 Mat JACKSON Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 46 1:07.566 1.395
24 28 Nicolas HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with Team HARD. Volkswagen CC 67 1:07.589 1.418
25 32 Adam MORGAN Carlube Triple R Racing with Cataclean & Mac Tools Mercedes-Benz A-Class 30 1:07.644 1.473
26 66 Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 17 1:07.736 1.565
27 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 23 1:07.753 1.582
28 65 Howard FULLER RCIB Insurance Racing with Team HARD. Volkswagen CC 23 1:07.757 1.586
29 44 Andy NEATE Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 36 1:08.825 2.654
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