Tom Ingram secures reverse-grid win in race three

Tom Ingram won the reversed grid final British Touring Car Championship race at Knockhill, with the Excelr8 Motorsport driver pulling off a superb pass on long-time race leader Stephen Jelley to take the spoils.

Jelley had the pole position for the final race of the day, with Power Maxed Racing’s Jason Plato alongside him on the front row of the grid.

At the start, the Team BMW driver pulled into a clear lead, with Plato holding second as Ingram jumped past Senna Proctor to claim third.

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The race was only a lap old when the safety car was called for, due to BTC Racing’s Josh Cook coasting to a standstill with a suspected driveshaft failure.

The Honda was quickly cleared away and racing resumed on lap four, with the leading drivers once again holding station for the first few laps of racing.

For several laps, Ingram tried hard to pass Plato for second but couldn’t quite pull off a move until lap ten when he took a chance created by leader Jelley, who had been struggling on the brakes into the hairpin and in turn baulked Plato.

Ingram muscled into second, whilst Plato was forced onto the outside line, also allowing Proctor through into third.

Over the next few laps Plato then found himself falling down the order as first Jake Hill on lap 11, and then Gordon Shedden, also squeezed through.

Elsewhere, Colin Turkington had held Ash Sutton at bay in the opening laps in seventh, but the race one winner was embroiled in a big mid-pack fight and on lap 11 lost four places, as all three Infinitis and Chris Smiley muscled him out.

Plato too found himself losing out to the Laser Tools Racing cars on lap 15, dropping to ninth, as Sutton muscled past his former team-mate.

At the front, Ingram had been applying significant pressure to Jelley for the lead and on lap 17 made a superb late move into the hairpin to cleanly take the lead, the title contender not looking back thereafter to notch up this third win of the season.

Proctor also found his way into second in the process, a position he would hold to the chequered flag, with Jelley having to settle for the final podium place in third, the BMW driver’s second visit to the rostrum this year.

Team Dynamics’ Shedden claimed fourth after squeezing past MB Motorsport’s Jake Hill on lap 18, just a fraction of a second ahead of Sutton in fifth, who had tried to snatch the place on the finish line.

Chris smiley brought his Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai home in sixth to conclude his best weekend of the year thus far, ahead of Aiden Moffat in seventh.

Turkington was eighth, having at one stage dropped to 11th just before the halfway mark, ahead of Plato and Daniel Rowbottom, who completed the top ten.

Hill ultimately failed to finish the race after going off through the Turn 1 gravel on lap 21 when battling with Smiley, the Ford driver retreating to the pits after initially dropping to 11th.

The results mean Sutton leaves Scotland with 172 points to his name at the top of the drivers’ standings, ahead of Ingram (158), Turkington (138), Shedden (129), Hill (128) and Cook (123).

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 25 22:23.760 51.788 4
2 18 I Senna PROCTOR BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 25 1.383 51.659 3
3 12 M Stephen JELLEY Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 25 4.658 51.835 1
4 52 I Gordon SHEDDEN Halfords Racing with Cataclean Honda Civic Type-R 25 5.211 51.624 5
5 1 I Ashley SUTTON Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 25 5.273 51.686 9
6 22 I Chris SMILEY Ginsters EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 25 6.033 51.667 13
7 16 I Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 25 6.432 51.762 11
8 2 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 25 10.298 51.746 8
9 11 I Jason PLATO Adrian Flux with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 25 11.932 51.842 2
10 32 I Daniel ROWBOTTOM Halfords Racing with Cataclean Honda Civic Type-R 25 12.546 51.720 18
11 41 I Carl BOARDLEY Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 25 16.436 51.762 10
12 40 I Árón TAYLOR-SMITH Team HARD. with HUB Financial Solutions CUPRA Leon 25 16.883 51.916 15
13 33 I Adam MORGAN Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW 330i M Sport 25 17.076 51.634 16
14 15 M Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 25 17.507 51.670 17
15 48 M Ollie JACKSON MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square Ford Focus ST 25 18.575 51.834 22
16 96 I Jack BUTEL EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 25 19.350 52.022 14
17 4 M Sam OSBORNE Racing with Wera & Photon Group Ford Focus ST 25 19.796 51.838 20
18 123 I Daniel LLOYD Adrian Flux with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 25 20.405 51.731 26
19 99 I Jade EDWARDS PHSC with BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 25 23.312 52.010 23
20 6 M Rory BUTCHER Toyota Gazoo Racing UK Toyota Corolla GR Sport 25 23.466 51.560 28
21 20 20 Paul RIVETT Racing with Wera & Photon Group Ford Focus ST 25 24.111 52.101 19
22 19 I Jack MITCHELL Team HARD. with Autobrite Direct CUPRA Leon 25 24.420 51.859 21
23 3 I Tom CHILTON Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW 330i M Sport 25 24.482 51.975 25
24 23 M Sam SMELT Toyota Gazoo Racing UK Toyota Corolla GR Sport 25 25.027 51.814 24
25 62 I Rick PARFITT Jr EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 25 25.120 52.019 27
26 31 I Jack GOFF Team HARD. with Autobrite Direct CUPRA Leon 25 38.599 51.676 12
R 24 M Jake HILL MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square Ford Focus ST 22 DNF 51.662 7
NC 28 I Nicolas HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with iQuoto Online Trading CUPRA Leon 21 DNF 52.231 29
R 66 I Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 0 DNF N/A 6
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