Tom Ingram gives Excelr8 first win in Snetterton race three

Tom Ingram secured the first victory for the Excelr8 Motorsport-built Hyundai i30 Fastback N in the final British Touring Car Championship race at Snetterton.

The reverse-grid draw saw the top seven finishers from race two inverted, handing pole position to Team BMW’s Stephen Jelley, with his team-mate tom Oliphant alongside.

The BMWs led for the first lap, but on the second tour Oliphant was looking to pass his team-mate, flashing his headlights on the approach to the turn 2 hairpin as Jelley locked his brakes.

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Two corners later the duo made contact under braking and although Jelley was able to retain the lead, a baulked Oliphant was tapped into a spin by MB Motorsport’s Ollie Jackson, with both tumbling down the order.

For Jackson, the contact marked the end of his race, whilst oliphant dropped to 22nd.

Ingram made his move on Jelley for the lead into the second corner on lap five, with Jelley holding onto second for a further three laps before Ash Sutton passed the BMW driver.

By this time, Ingram had opened up a two and a half second lead and appeared to be in a position to manage the gap behind him.

Sutton had started seventh and by the end of the opening lap was in sixth, the reigning champion then gaining further places when Oliphant and Jackson dropped out.

Having passed Rory Butcher on the first lap, Sutton quickly found himself on the back of Jelley by lap eight and he moved into second at Turn 2, as Gordon Shedden, the leading driver on the soft tyre, followed him through two corners later.

Shedden then spent the final third of the race trying to pass Sutton for second but the Team Dynamics driver was unable to find a way through, instead having to settle for a first visit to the rostrum this year.

BTC Racing’s Josh Cook was one of a few drivers to also have the soft tyre and he hauled his Honda up to fourth by the end of the race, gaining ten places.

Jelley took fifth after dropping behind Cook on lap eight, ahead of the Speedworks Toyota of Butcher in sixth.

Colin Turkington struggled to make progress in the race and brought his BMW home in seventh, ahead of the Ciceley Motorsport BMW of Adam Morgan in eighth.

The top ten was completed by the CUPRA of Jack Goff, again finishing ninth, and the second Team Dynamics Honda of Daniel Rowbottom.

Leaving Snetterton, Sutton is the new championship leader with 80 points ahead of Ingram (78), Turkington (75), Cook (60) and Hill (57).

Race results

POS NO CL NAT DRIVER ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP GD
1 80 I Tom INGRAM Ginsters EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 12 23:56.024 1:58.076 4
2 1 I Ashley SUTTON Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 12 1.144 1:58.114 7
3 52 I Gordon SHEDDEN Halfords Racing with Cataclean Honda Civic Type-R 12 1.617 1:57.910 11
4 66 I Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 12 3.217 1:58.134 14
5 12 M Stephen JELLEY Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 12 6.756 1:58.414 1
6 6 M Rory BUTCHER Toyota Gazoo Racing UK Toyota Corolla GR Sport 12 7.469 1:58.697 3
7 2 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 12 7.768 1:58.774 6
8 33 I Adam MORGAN Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW 330i M Sport 12 8.744 1:58.915 8
9 31 I Jack GOFF Team HARD. with Autobrite Direct CUPRA Leon 12 9.916 1:58.572 9
10 32 I Daniel ROWBOTTOM Halfords Racing with Cataclean Honda Civic Type-R 12 10.355 1:58.757 15
11 22 I Chris SMILEY Ginsters EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 12 11.293 1:58.646 13
12 24 M Jake HILL MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square Ford Focus ST 12 11.718 1:58.649 24
13 123 I Daniel LLOYD Adrian Flux with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 12 12.403 1:58.548 12
14 40 I Árón TAYLOR-SMITH Team HARD. with HUB Financial Solutions CUPRA Leon 12 14.118 1:58.950 18
15 99 I Jade EDWARDS BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 12 14.575 1:59.067 23
16 15 M Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 12 15.262 1:58.515 2
17 16 I Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 12 16.002 1:58.644 10
18 11 I Jason PLATO Adrian Flux with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 12 17.120 1:59.134 20
19 3 I Tom CHILTON Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW 330i M Sport 12 18.655 1:58.794 28
20 4 M Sam OSBORNE Racing with Wera & Photon Group Ford Focus ST 12 19.993 1:59.087 19
21 96 I Jack BUTEL EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 12 23.054 1:59.555 22
22 88 I Glynn GEDDIE Team HARD. with Autobrite Direct CUPRA Leon 12 27.350 1:59.033 29
23 21 M Jessica HAWKINS Racing with Wera & Photon Group Ford Focus ST 12 27.739 1:58.726 21
24 62 I Rick PARFITT Jr EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 12 38.849 2:00.189 27
25 28 I Nicolas HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with iQuoto Online Trading CUPRA Leon 12 48.741 2:00.258 25
26 18 I Senna PROCTOR BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 12 1:57.596 1:58.429 16
R 23 M Sam SMELT Toyota Gazoo Racing UK Toyota Corolla GR Sport 8 DNF 2:00.327 26
R 48 M Ollie JACKSON MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square Ford Focus ST 2 DNF 2:02.055 5
R 41 I Carl BOARDLEY Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 0 DNF N/A 17
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