Ingram Heads Jordan In Second Thruxton BTCC Practice

by Dan Mason

Tom Ingram bounced back from tyre issues to top the second Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship free practice session from Thruxton.

The Speedworks Motorsport man suffered two punctures in the day’s opening practice encounter at the Hampshire circuit, but his early time of 1m16.542s that would not be touched for the rest of the second 40-minute session of the afternoon.

The Brands Hatch race winner ended a comfortable 0.503s clear of first practice pace-setter, Andrew Jordan, the Motorbase Performance driver focusing on refining a race set-up during the session.

Five different marques filled the top five places, as Aiden Moffat‘s Mercedes, West Surrey Racing‘s Jack Goff (BMW) and Ashley Sutton‘s MG rounded out the top five.

Ciceley Racing worked hard to repair the Mercedes A-Class of Adam Morgan in time after his first practice off, and he duly rewarded his team by setting the sixth fastest time of the session ahead of Aron Smith‘s Team BKR Volkswagen CC.

Rob Austin was next up for Handy MotorsportJeff Smith (Honda) and Mat Jackson (Ford) rounding out the top 10.

Colin Turkington was top Subaru Levorg in 13th, while championship leader Matt Neal ended 20th after a quiet session for the Halfords Yuasa Racing duo.

A second stoppage of the day arrived near the halfway stage of proceedings, this time for the stricken Team HARD Toyota Avensis of Chris Smiley.

Qualifying gets underway at 16:10, and you can keep up with all the action right here and via@TheCheckerFlag on Twitter.

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