Ingram sets the pace in Thruxton practice

Tom Ingram leads the way in practice as the British Touring Car Championship returns to Thruxton.

Ingram set the fastest lap of the morning in the first of two free practice sessions at the Hampshire circuit. Honda driver Gordon Shedden topped the second session but couldn’t reach Ingram’s earlier time.

Jake Hill was flying early in the first practice session, leading Ash Hand and Tom Chilton while Ingram ran at the tail end of the order. A strong lap midway through the session, though, allowed Ingram to jump from P29 to P2, just 0.021s off the time set by Hill.

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The order remained Hill, Ingram and Josh Cook at the top of the times until the closing stages of FP1. Ingram managed a time of 1:15.842 around Britain’s fastest race track and was the only driver to set a time quicker than 1:16 during the session.

Hill settled for second ahead of Cook and Hand, who jumped back up the order late in the session.

Championship leader Colin Turkington could only manage seventh quickest, behind Ash Sutton and Stephen Jelley. Dan Lloyd, Shedden, and Dan Cammish completed the top 10.

Turkington would manage slightly better in FP2, bettering his time by three tenths of a second and placing fifth in session.

Hill once again set the early pace in FP2 and remained at the sharp end of the field throughout. Dan Cammish briefly took P1 before a time of 1:16.018 for Cook brought the Honda driver to the front of the order.

The time was good enough to keep Cook at the front of the order for most of the session, until a flying lap in the final minutes put Shedden on the top spot.

Shedden’s time of 1:15.896 was slower than Ingram’s earlier FP1 time, and it looked as if Ingram might have been about to better it when he hit yellow flags in the final sector. Laser Tool’s Aiden Moffat had gotten out of shape and was side ways on track, and Ingram was forced to slow down.

He ended the session just outside the top 10 in P11.

Cook finished FP2 second, ahead of Hill and Dan Rowbottom.

Turkington finished fifth ahead of Chilton, Hand, and Jason Plato. Sutton and Tom Gamble completed the top 10.

There was little drama throughout both sessions, although a broken toe-link in FP1 brought Ricky Collard’s session to an early end. The issue was repaired for FP2 and he managed to go 15th quickest, despite a spin early on.

Practice also marked a return to the BTCC for Tom Oliphant, who is making a one off appearance with Team HARD.

Session results

Free Practice 1

POS NO NAT DRIVER ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 80 Tom INGRAM Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 17 1:15.842
2 24 Jake HILL ROKiT MB Motorsport BMW 330e M Sport 17 1:16.339 0.186
3 66 Josh COOK Rich Energy BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 14 1:16.371 0.246
4 97 Ash HAND CarStore Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 18 1:16.393 0.257
5 1 Ashley SUTTON NAPA Racing UK Ford Focus ST 16 1:16.424 0.270
6 12 Stephen JELLEY Team BMW BMW 330e M Sport 22 1:16.503 0.313
7 50 Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330e M Sport 19 1:16.579 0.325
8 123 Daniel LLOYD Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 18 1:16.690 0.379
9 52 Gordon SHEDDEN Halfords Racing with Cataclean Honda Civic Type R 10 1:16.702 0.439
10 9 Dan CAMMISH NAPA Racing UK Ford Focus ST 19 1:16.957 0.462
11 6 Rory BUTCHER Toyota GAZOO Racing UK Toyota Corolla GR Sport 15 1:16.984 0.518
12 21 Ricky COLLARD Toyota GAZOO Racing UK Toyota Corolla GR Sport 10 1:17.086 0.543
13 33 Adam MORGAN Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW 330e M Sport 15 1:17.140 0.554
14 32 Daniel ROWBOTTOM Halfords Racing with Cataclean Honda Civic Type R 17 1:17.271 0.603
15 42 George GAMBLE Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW 330e M Sport 14 1:17.404 0.608
16 11 Jason PLATO Rich Energy BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 9 1:17.466 0.679
17 17 Dexter PATTERSON Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 21 1:17.536 0.782
18 40 Árón TAYLOR-SMITH Yazoo with Safuu.com Racing CUPRA Leon 21 1:17.658 0.797
19 96 Jack BUTEL Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 19 1:17.669 0.820
20 19 Bobby THOMPSON Autobrite Direct with JourneyHero CUPRA Leon 15 1:17.738 0.839
21 3 Tom CHILTON Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 11 1:17.772 0.920
22 99 Jade EDWARDS Rich Energy BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 18 1:17.907 1.011
23 777 Michael CREES CarStore Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 17 1:17.932 1.019
24 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 15 1:18.006 1.059
25 15 Tom OLIPHANT Autobrite Direct with JourneyHero CUPRA Leon 19 1:18.283 1.315
26 48 Ollie JACKSON Apec Racing with Beavis Morgan Ford Focus ST 19 1:18.313 1.478
27 77 Sam OSBORNE Apec Racing with Beavis Morgan Ford Focus ST 22 1:18.618 1.592
28 28 Nicolas HAMILTON Yazoo with Safuu.com Racing CUPRA Leon 22 1:18.812 2.027
29 62 Rick PARFITT JR Uptonsteel with Euro Car Parts Racing Infiniti Q50 16 1:18.929 2.465

 

Free Practice 2

POS NO NAT DRIVER ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 52 Gordon SHEDDEN Halfords Racing with Cataclean Honda Civic Type R 18 1:15.896
2 66 Josh COOK Rich Energy BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 13 1:16.018 0.122
3 24 Jake HILL ROKiT MB Motorsport BMW 330e M Sport 18 1:16.059 0.163
4 32 Daniel ROWBOTTOM Halfords Racing with Cataclean Honda Civic Type R 17 1:16.181 0.285
5 50 Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330e M Sport 21 1:16.213 0.317
6 3 Tom CHILTON Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 17 1:16.356 0.460
7 97 Ash HAND CarStore Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 16 1:16.385 0.489
8 11 Jason PLATO Rich Energy BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 16 1:16.389 0.493
9 1 Ashley SUTTON NAPA Racing UK Ford Focus ST 20 1:16.488 0.592
10 42 George GAMBLE Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW 330e M Sport 20 1:16.538 0.642
11 80 Tom INGRAM Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 18 1:16.580 0.684
12 19 Bobby THOMPSON Autobrite Direct with JourneyHero CUPRA Leon 18 1:16.605 0.709
13 123 Daniel LLOYD Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 18 1:16.621 0.725
14 777 Michael CREES CarStore Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 19 1:16.771 0.875
15 21 Ricky COLLARD Toyota GAZOO Racing UK Toyota Corolla GR Sport 16 1:16.780 0.884
16 9 Dan CAMMISH NAPA Racing UK Ford Focus ST 17 1:16.794 0.898
17 12 Stephen JELLEY Team BMW BMW 330e M Sport 20 1:16.812 0.916
18 33 Adam MORGAN Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW 330e M Sport 17 1:16.850 0.954
19 48 Ollie JACKSON Apec Racing with Beavis Morgan Ford Focus ST 20 1:16.928 1.032
20 6 Rory BUTCHER Toyota GAZOO Racing UK Toyota Corolla GR Sport 15 1:17.226 1.330
21 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 20 1:17.259 1.363
22 17 Dexter PATTERSON Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 22 1:17.294 1.398
23 40 Árón TAYLOR-SMITH Yazoo with Safuu.com Racing CUPRA Leon 16 1:17.454 1.558
24 99 Jade EDWARDS Rich Energy BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 19 1:17.562 1.666
25 96 Jack BUTEL Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 21 1:17.641 1.745
26 15 Tom OLIPHANT Autobrite Direct with JourneyHero CUPRA Leon 20 1:18.102 2.206
27 77 Sam OSBORNE Apec Racing with Beavis Morgan Ford Focus ST 23 1:18.154 2.258
28 62 Rick PARFITT JR Uptonsteel with Euro Car Parts Racing Infiniti Q50 23 1:19.432 3.536
29 28 Nicolas HAMILTON Yazoo with Safuu.com Racing CUPRA Leon 18 1:19.679 3.783
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