Ingram Doubles Up With Fastest Time In Second Free Practice

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Tom Ingram topped the timesheets in the second British Touring Car Championship free practice session at Rockingham, leading on from his table-topping performance in the morning practice session.

Ingram was three tenths slower than his best time in the morning session, unable to break into the 1:22s as he had earlier in the day, though was still able to edge out the Eurotech Honda of Jack Goff for the quickest time by a tenth of a second.

“So far we can be really pleased with how it’s gone with topping FP1 and FP2,” Ingram told TOCA Radio. “We know we’re still quite a way away from where we were last year. We were the best part of 3-4 tenths off Free Practice 1 [time], so the track seems to have taken a step back.

“For us around here it’s all about managing tyres as it’s such a hard place on tyres. We all know it’s just a case of nursing the tyre, which from the driver’s point of view makes it quite difficult.”

Ten minutes into the session, the red flag came out after Stewart Lines ran wide and found himself stuck in the gravel at Chapman Curves. After a short delay to clear the stranded Ford Focus, times started to tumble, with Gordon Shedden initially setting the pace when the session resumed before Ingram set what would ultimately be the quickest lap of the session a few minutes laeter.

The second factory Honda of Matt Neal was four hundredths off team-mate Shedden’s pace in fourth, with Mat Jackson rounding out the top five in the Motorbase Ford Focus.

Ant Whorton-Eales followed up his impressive fifth fastest time in the first practice session with the seventh quickest time in the afternoon practice session, just behind Aiden Moffat in sixth.

It was a strong showing for both Mercedes A-Classes in the field, as Moffat was joined in the top ten by Adam Morgan in eighth, the Ciceley Motorsport driver having gone second fastest in the morning session earlier. The Subaru pair of Jason Plato and Josh Price rounded out the top ten.

1Tom IngramSpeedworks Motorsport141:23.277
2Jack GoffEurotech Racing14+0.088
3Gordon SheddenHalfords Yuasa RacingM12+0.164
4Matt NealHalfords Yuasa RacingM16+0.199
5Mat JacksonMotorbase Performance15+0.238
6Aiden MoffatLaser Tools Racing16+0.302
7Ant Whorton-EalesAmD Tuning11+0.317
8Adam MorganCiceley Motorsport18+0.354
9Jason PlatoAdrian Flux Subaru RacingM15+0.394
10Josh PriceAdrian Flux Subaru RacingM14+0.420
11Chris SmileyBTC Norlin Racing16+0.430
12Rob CollardTeam BMWM16+0.437
13Josh CookMG Racing RCIB InsuranceM15+0.482
14Aron Taylor-SmithMG Racing RCIB InsuranceM15+0.496
15Matt SimpsonSimpson RacingM16+0.528
16Ashley SuttonAdrian Flux Subaru RacingM14+0.561
17Stephen JelleyTeam Parker Racing18+0.576
18Tom ChiltonPower Maxed RacingM14+0.605
19Andrew JordanBMW Pirtek RacingM16+0.637
20Colin TurkingtonTeam BMWM14+0.647