Despite finishing third on the road, Tom Ingram was satisfied with his performance after being provisionally handed his second Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship victory of the season at Silverstone.
The Speedworks Motorsport driver had joined Triple Eight duo Ashley Sutton and Josh Cook on the podium in the opening 22-lapper of the day at the Northamptonshire circuit, but was provisionally promoted to victory after the exclusion of his MG rivals for a technical infringement.
Ingram grabbed the advantage of the race with a lightning start initially, before surrendering the lead to pole-sitter Sutton on lap seven heading into Luffield.
Contact with the second Triple Eight MG6 GT of Cook followed at the same right-hander on lap 12, Ingram admitting afterwards that he was conserving his tyres for much of the race.
Speaking to The Checkered Flag afterwards, Ingram said: “We had a very good start and a really, really good start to the race.
“I was just holding back trying to look after my tyres for the race distance, which was working fine. Ash was starting to make ground on me and, to be fair, he pulled a blinder on me at Luffield. He then started backing me up by the best part of half a second a lap towards Josh Cook, which was frustrating.”
On the collision with Cook, Ingram added: “Josh came along and was obviously quite keen to get past. There was a bit more contact. It would be nice to have things like that looked at or kept in mind more.
“We’re fighting with the manufacturers as a little Independent team. We can’t be too dischuffed.”
The opening race result remains provisional however, subject to an appeal by MG following their exclusion.