Tom Ingram fends off Dan Cammish as Colin Turkington suffers DNF in race one

Toyota Gazoo Racing UK’s Tom Ingram soaked up race-long pressure from polesitter Dan Cammish to take victory in the opening British Touring Car Championship race at Thruxton, as standings leader Colin Turkington suffered a DNF due to a misfire.

Ingram’s Toyota Corolla got the superior start off the line and dragged past Cammish’s Honda Civic on the run to turn one to seize a lead he would never relinquish, despite the latter’s best efforts to fight back particularly in the closing stages.

As well as a tight battle for the win, race one in Hampshire could prove to be a turning point in the title fight, as Ash Sutton takes the championship lead by just one point as a result of his fifth position finish as erstwhile leader Turkington’s misfire left him with zero points.

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Cammish’s team-mate Matt Neal held off Ciceley Motorsport’s Adam Morgan to secure the final position on the rostrum – his first podium of the 2020 campaign – to make it a Halfords Yuasa Racing 2-3 in the opening race.

There was then a nine second gap to the next car, a gap which had been occupied by MB Motorsport’s Jake Hill but for a costly spin which dropped him out of the points, seemingly with a front-left issue.

Ash Sutton eventually rounded out the top five positions having progressed from 11th on the grid, enjoying a strong opening lap before powering past Turkington’s struggling BMW on lap six.

The 2017 champion enjoyed a close battle with Rory Butcher, but would ultimately make the move on the exit of the complex and hold off the Scot’s Ford Focus ST to the flag.

Just over half a second Butcher’s Motorbase Performance machine was the first of the BTC Racing Honda Civics, with Tom Chilton placing in seventh just ahead of Turkington’s team-mate Tom Oliphant who was the sole Team BMW points-scorer in the race.

The Brands Hatch race three winner was ahead of the BTC Racing duo of Josh Cook and Michael Crees in ninth and tenth respectively – meaning all three of the squad’s Honda Civics placed in the top ten.

Senna Proctor’s Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 Fastback N was 11th ahead of series returnee Rob Austin who enjoyed a strong showing as the latest recruit the Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra.

He managed to eclipse the second Hyundai of Chris Smiley on the final lap to finish 12th, while Ollie Jackson’s Ford and Aiden Moffat’s Infiniti rounded out the top 15.

The second race of the British Touring Car Championship at Thruxton is scheduled to get underway at 14:35 BST.

Race result

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 80 M Tom INGRAM Toyota Gazoo Racing UK with Ginsters Toyota Corolla 16 20:33.110 1:16.206 2
2 27 M Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type-R 16 0.644 1:16.281 1
3 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type-R 16 8.578 1:16.314 3
4 32 I Adam MORGAN Carlube Triple R Racing with Mac Tools Mercedes-Benz A-Class 16 9.064 1:16.388 4
5 116 I Ashley SUTTON Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 16 18.578 1:16.864 11
6 6 I Rory BUTCHER Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 16 19.776 1:16.939 6
7 3 I Tom CHILTON BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 16 20.374 1:16.842 7
8 15 M Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 16 21.234 1:17.106 12
9 66 I Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 16 21.487 1:17.269 10
10 777 I Michael CREES The Clever Baggers with BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 16 21.888 1:17.236 9
11 18 I Senna PROCTOR Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 Fastback N 16 24.456 1:17.221 13
12 10 I Rob AUSTIN Power Maxed Car Care Racing Vauxhall Astra 16 27.261 1:17.560 16
13 22 I Chris SMILEY Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 Fastback N 16 27.587 1:17.477 14
14 48 I Ollie JACKSON Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 16 27.879 1:17.355 15
15 16 I Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 16 29.910 1:17.389 18
16 31 I Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance Racing with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 16 30.192 1:17.223 21
17 19 I Bobby THOMPSON GKR TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 16 30.478 1:17.259 20
18 180 I James GORNALL GKR TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 16 38.403 1:17.710 19
19 32 I Jack BUTEL Carlube Triple R Racing with Mac Tools Mercedes-Benz A-Class 16 44.675 1:18.281 24
20 12 I Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 16 48.784 1:18.141 17
21 8 I Tom ONSLOW-COLE RCIB Insurance Racing with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 16 52.965 1:18.181 25
22 24 I Jake HILL MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square Honda Civic Type-R 15 + 1 LAP 1:16.658 5
23 4 I Sam OSBORNE MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square Honda Civic Type-R 13 + 2 LAPS 1:17.830 23
24 1 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 12 + 3 LAPS 1:17.163 8
R 41 I Carl BOARDLEY Team HARD. BMW 125i M Sport 10 DNF 1:18.813 26
R 44 I Andy NEATE Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 10 DNF 1:18.641 22
R 28 I Nicolas HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with Team HARD. Volkswagen CC 1 DNF N/A 27
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