Toyota Gazoo Racing UK’s Tom Ingram fended off late pressure from Dan Cammish’s charging Honda to take victory in the final British Touring Car Championship race at Croft.
Reversed-grid polesitter Tom Chilton made a strong start to the final encounter, holding off fellow Honda racer Dan Cammish into turn one as the latter lost out to Tom Ingram’s Toyota Corolla into Clervaux for the first time.
The 2018 runner-up then made short work of getting past erstwhile leader Chilton with a brave move at the Jim Clark Esses, with the latter then falling back into the clutches of Cammish as further title drama unfolded behind as reigning champion Colin Turkington slowed seemingly with a mechanical issue after contact with Ollie Jackson’s Ford.
The race then appeared to settle down slightly before the safety car was called on the third tour as Bobby Thompson flipped dramatically as his Audi S3 dug into the dirt on the inside of the Jim Clark Esses, a huge shunt which thankfully the Essex racer would walk away from unscathed.
Once the race resumed, Cammish immediately set about pressurising Chilton for second, with the pair of FK8 Honda Civics both pushing hard as their brakes glowed red hot especially on the entry to Sunny In.
After dropping back potentially to cool his brakes, Cammish then made a bold lunge to the inside at Tower Bend with a handful of laps remaining before closing the gap to leader Ingram, but ultimately settling for the second spot on the podium,
The result elevates Cammish ahead of Turkington in the Drivers’ championship, to go just seven points behind standings leader Sutton with six races remaining.
After being passed by the Team Dynamics-run entry, Chilton then held on to complete the podium positions ahead of triple champion Matt Neal, while 2017 champion Sutton made amazing progress from the back of the grid to complete the top five runners.
Brands Hatch race three winner Tom Oliphant had kept Sutton behind for many laps but would eventually finish in sixth ahead of the Honda duo of Jake Hill and double race winner Josh Cook as the pair finished in seventh and eighth positions respectively.
Excler8 Motorsport’s Senna Proctor matched his race two result in ninth position in his Hyundai i30 Fastback N, while Sutton’s Laser Tools Racing team-mate Aiden Moffat completed the top ten.
Motorbase Performance’s Rory Butcher also enjoyed a recovery drive after his off at the chicane in race two which demoted him to the back of the grid for the final contest, ultimately finishing just ahead of team-mate Ollie Jackson in 11th and 12th positions.
Ciceley Motorsport’s Adam Morgan secured another points finish in his Mercedes-Benz A-Class, while Stephen Jelley’s BMW and Sam Osborne’s Honda rounded out the points-paying positions.
Just six races remain in the 2020 British Touring Car Championship, with the series returning to action in a fortnight at Snetterton 300.
|1||80||M||Tom INGRAM||Toyota Gazoo Racing UK with Ginsters||Toyota Corolla||18||27:32.909||1:22.639||3|
|2||27||M||Dan CAMMISH||Halfords Yuasa Racing||Honda Civic Type-R||18||0.278||1:22.362||2|
|3||3||I||Tom CHILTON||BTC Racing||Honda Civic Type-R||18||5.001||1:22.957||1|
|4||25||M||Matt NEAL||Halfords Yuasa Racing||Honda Civic Type-R||18||6.453||1:22.991||5|
|5||116||I||Ashley SUTTON||Laser Tools Racing||Infiniti Q50||18||6.472||1:22.103||20|
|6||15||M||Tom OLIPHANT||Team BMW||BMW 330i M Sport||18||7.129||1:22.773||7|
|7||24||I||Jake HILL||MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square||Honda Civic Type-R||18||8.099||1:22.468||4|
|8||66||I||Josh COOK||BTC Racing||Honda Civic Type-R||18||8.548||1:22.437||6|
|9||18||I||Senna PROCTOR||Excelr8 Motorsport||Hyundai i30 Fastback N||18||10.235||1:22.790||9|
|10||16||I||Aiden MOFFAT||Laser Tools Racing||Infiniti Q50||18||10.435||1:22.882||11|
|11||6||I||Rory BUTCHER||Motorbase Performance||Ford Focus ST||18||10.894||1:22.729||19|
|12||48||I||Ollie JACKSON||Motorbase Performance||Ford Focus ST||18||11.438||1:22.981||22|
|13||32||I||Adam MORGAN||Carlube Triple R Racing with Mac Tools||Mercedes-Benz A-Class||18||13.535||1:22.928||13|
|14||12||I||Stephen JELLEY||Team Parker Racing||BMW 125i M Sport||18||16.681||1:22.858||10|
|15||4||I||Sam OSBORNE||MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square||Honda Civic Type-R||18||16.825||1:23.559||14|
|16||44||I||Andy NEATE||Motorbase Performance||Ford Focus ST||18||17.677||1:23.207||16|
|17||21||I||Mike BUSHELL||RCIB Insurance Racing with Fox Transport||Volkswagen CC||18||18.639||1:23.442||15|
|18||31||I||Jack GOFF||RCIB Insurance Racing with Fox Transport||Volkswagen CC||18||18.975||1:23.067||18|
|19||22||I||Chris SMILEY||Excelr8 Motorsport||Hyundai i30 Fastback N||18||25.669||1:23.700||12|
|20||32||I||Jack BUTEL||Carlube Triple R Racing with Mac Tools||Mercedes-Benz A-Class||18||29.487||1:24.344||17|
|21||28||I||Nicolas HAMILTON||ROKiT Racing with Team HARD.||Volkswagen CC||18||31.497||1:24.405||25|
|22||41||I||Carl BOARDLEY||Team HARD.||BMW 125i M Sport||14||1:22.945||1:23.599||24|
|23||1||M||Colin TURKINGTON||Team BMW||BMW 330i M Sport||2||4 Laps||1:21.781||23|
|R||19||I||Bobby THOMPSON||GKR TradePriceCars.com||Audi S3||2||DNF||1:23.800||8|
|R||777||I||Michael CREES||The Clever Baggers with BTC Racing||Honda Civic Type-R||–||DNF||N/A||21|
|NS||29||I||Jac CONSTABLE||Power Maxed Car Care Racing||Vauxhall Astra||0||DNS||N/A||–|