Ingram draws first blood in Snetterton Free Practice 1

Credit: BTCC Media

Speedworks Motorsport’s Tom Ingram headed the field in the first British Touring Car Championship practice session at Snetterton, setting a 1:56.003 lap midway through the session.

Ingram, who is looking to breathe life back into his championship challenge, took his Toyota Avensis ahead of Adrian Flux Subaru Racing’s Ashley Sutton, who set the early pace in the session as the BMR-run Subaru Levorgs took to the track first. Sutton set the pace in the mid-season tyre test at Snetterton earlier in the month, but was 0.1s down on Ingram’s eventual best time to secure the second fastest lap.

Adam Morgan was third fastest, managing a time four tenths slower than Ingram in his Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes A-Class. Morgan was just a fraction quicker than Pirtek Racing’s Andrew Jordan, who narrowly beat West Surrey Racing team-mate Colin Turkington to the fourth fastest time.

After the chequered flag fell at the end of the session, Jack Goff snatched sixth place in the timesheets with a 1:56.550 on his last lap, leapfrogging Rob Austin in the final standings.

BTC Norlin Racing showed a good turn of pace through Chris Smiley, and the Ulsterman was eighth quickest ahead of James Cole and Ollie Jackson, who rounded out the top ten.

Jason Plato, who tested Sutton’s car earlier in the month, produced an improved showing with the twelfth fastest time, albeit over a second slower than Ingram’s overall pace.

Championship protagonists Rob Collard and Gordon Shedden were well down the order, with Collard managing to place seventeenth while Shedden set the twentieth fastest time in an incident-free session.

1Tom IngramSpeedworks Motorsport141:56.003
2Ashley SuttonAdrian Flux Subaru Racing14+0.102
3Adam MorganCiceley Motorsport16+0.414
4Andrew JordanBMW Pirtek Racing15+0.420
5Colin TurkingtonTeam BMW13+0.429
6Jack GoffEurotech Racing14+0.547
7Rob AustinHandy Motorsport13+0.549
8Chris SmileyBTC Norlin Racing16+0.744
9James ColeAdrian Flux Subaru Racing16+0.983
10Ollie JacksonAmD Tuning15+1.025