Tom Ingram triumphs in race three as title to be decided between four contenders

Excelr8 Motorsport’s Tom Ingram won the final British Touring Car Championship race at Silverstone, holding firm in front of NAPA Racing UK’s Ash Sutton, as the title race was whittled down to four drivers.

BTC Racing’s Josh Cook had been drawn onto pole position for the partially-reversed grid, but he was under pressure from the off.

NAPA Racing’s Dan Cammish, who had started alongside, made a better start but Cook immediately moved to cover the Ford, resulting in contact before the first corner.

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That allowed Ciceley Motorsport’s Adam Morgan into second, but at the next corner the BMW driver got into the back of Cook, knocking the Honda into a slide and allowing Ingram to slip through into the lead pursued by Sutton.

At the same time, Toyota’s Rory Butcher assumed the final podium place, whilst Morgan slipped back to sixth by the end of the opening tour after further contact with Team Dynamics’ Gordon Shedden.

Morgan then dropped a further seven places on lap four after contact with Ollie Jackson made him run wide at Copse.

The Lancashire driver’s race then unravelled fully on lap six when he was spun at Becketts by Team BMW’s Stephen Jelley, with contact from Ash Hand and Ricky Collard in the process as they tried to avoid the BMW facing the wrong way.

The safety car had to be called to recover the Toyota and Vauxhall, which had gone off into the gravel, before racing resumed for only one lap on lap ten before being neutralised again when Nicolas Hamilton stopped his CUPRA on the exit of Copse with broken rear suspension.

The action resumed on lap 14, with Ingram managing to again break free of Sutton, who ultimately fell to a second and a half back from Ingram, who scored his fourth win of the campaign.

Sutton took second and remained as the points leader, whilst Butcher ended the day having never finished off the podium.

A determined drive from MB Motorsport’s Jake Hill saw the BMW racer finish fourth, having gained three places after the final safety car intervention, picking off Tom Chilton and Cook exiting the final corner of the lap before blasting past Cammish along the Wellington straight six laps from the end.

Cammish finished in fifth, marking a second successive weekend of scoring a trio of top ten results, ahead of Cook in sixth.

Cook has finally dropped out of contention for the drivers’ title after failing to win the race, also falling behind Butcher in the standings after the Scot’s strong weekend.

Excelr8’s Chilton was seventh after a late-race squabble with Shedden, with the latter coming home in eighth having lost time with a contact-induced slide on the penultimate lap.

The top ten was completed by Motorbase’s Ollie Jackson and Team HARD’s Árón Taylor-Smith.

Colin Turkington endured another tough race, only managing 12th and losing a place to Excelr8’s Daniel Lloyd on the final lap, leaving the four-time champion 27 points adrift in the title race heading into the season finale.

Laser Tools Racing’s miserable weekend continued when Aiden Moffat crawled to a standstill on the first formation lap with a broken driveshaft, prompting a delayed start.

Will Powell was the race’s only other retirement following contact with Rick Parfitt Jr.

Leaving Silverstone, Sutton is the new championship leader with 345 points, ahead of Hill (340), Ingram (338) and Turkington (318). The season finale takes place at Brands Hatch in two weeks’ time.

Race result

POS NO CL NAT DRIVER ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 80 M Tom INGRAM Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 24 26:34.484 57.627 4
2 1 M Ashley SUTTON NAPA Racing UK Ford Focus ST 24 1.539 57.692 5
3 6 M Rory BUTCHER Toyota GAZOO Racing UK Toyota Corolla GR Sport 24 2.072 57.708 7
4 24 M Jake HILL ROKiT MB Motorsport BMW 330e M Sport 24 2.579 57.582 8
5 9 M Dan CAMMISH NAPA Racing UK Ford Focus ST 24 4.724 57.938 2
6 66 I Josh COOK Rich Energy BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 24 8.594 58.157 1
7 3 M Tom CHILTON Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 24 8.924 58.153 12
8 52 M Gordon SHEDDEN Halfords Racing with Cataclean Honda Civic Type R 24 9.68 58.229 6
9 48 M Ollie JACKSON Apec Racing with Beavis Morgan Ford Focus ST 24 13.997 58.448 11
10 40 I Árón TAYLOR-SMITH Yazoo with Safuu.com Racing CUPRA Leon 24 14.458 58.428 10
11 123 M Daniel LLOYD Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 24 14.647 58.198 15
12 50 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330e M Sport 24 14.881 58.260 13
13 12 M Stephen JELLEY Team BMW BMW 330e M Sport 24 15.002 58.306 14
14 19 I Bobby THOMPSON Autobrite Direct with JourneyHero CUPRA Leon 24 15.383 58.369 9
15 11 I Jason PLATO Rich Energy BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 24 15.827 58.275 17
16 42 I George GAMBLE Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW 330e M Sport 24 15.95 57.825 20
17 17 I Dexter PATTERSON Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 24 16.533 58.324 29
18 32 M Daniel ROWBOTTOM Halfords Racing with Cataclean Honda Civic Type R 24 16.965 58.299 18
19 96 M Jack BUTEL Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 24 17.083 58.165 22
20 777 I Michael CREES CarStore Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 24 17.334 58.273 23
21 77 M Sam OSBORNE Apec Racing with Beavis Morgan Ford Focus ST 24 17.527 58.469 19
22 62 I Rick PARFITT JR Uptonsteel with Euro Car Parts Racing Infiniti Q50 24 21.079 58.782 26
23 99 I Jade EDWARDS Rich Energy BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 23 + 1 LAP 58.551 24
R 20 I Will POWELL Autobrite Direct with JourneyHero CUPRA Leon 21 DNF 59.237 25
R 28 I Nicolas HAMILTON Yazoo with Safuu.com Racing CUPRA Leon 9 DNF 58.981 28
R 33 I Adam MORGAN Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW 330e M Sport 5 DNF 58.918 3
R 21 M Ricky COLLARD Toyota GAZOO Racing UK Toyota Corolla GR Sport 4 DNF 58.840 27
R 97 I Ash HAND CarStore Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 4 DNF 58.849 21
R 16 I Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 0 DNF N/A 16
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