Tom Ingram said that he felt he could have gone even quicker than his lap record-breaking effort in qualifying for the third Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship meeting of the season at Thruxton.
The Speedworks Motorsport driver clinched his second pole in just three BTCC meetings this season at the Hampshire circuit, breaking Andrew Jordan‘s 2014 lap record in the process.
Ingram in fact set two times under that record, his first disallowed along with another effort that had also moved him to the top, both for disrespecting track limits.
Speaking to the Checkered Flag afterwards, Ingram joked: “It took three attempts! Two poles out of three attempts is not bad.
“The car felt mint, really really good. Tense, you could say, was that pole lap. It was fairly entertaining, but that’s what it’s got to be around here. I love this place. I always go really well here and I enjoy the danger of it almost.”
Asked whether having those times taken away frustrated him, Ingram added: “Slightly, but I went out and bettered it anyway! Somehow we managed to go quicker without overstepping track limits – not sure how I managed to do that.
“We got a bit of traffic in the middle of the lap as well. It was by no means a perfect lap so, if we’d have got our sectors together, we’d be in the 1m15s at least. Unfortunately, around here it’s so unpredictable and you never really know your true pace.
“I’m not going to complain about that. I’ll get up in the morning, have a nice strong coffee and we’ll see where we end up.”
Thruxton is a circuit that tests tyres more than any circuit on the calendar, Ingram falling foul to a brace of failures in first practice earlier in the afternoon.
When asked on whether a cautious start to Sunday’s opening race would be considered, Ingram stated: “Yes, that’s going to be the key. Stay off the kerbs, play it safe and it would be nice to get it done.
“In the two weekends so far, we haven’t taken the maximum amount of points that we could have. I’m looking at it as though, yes we could do very well, but if I have to settle for second then we’ll take second.”