Ingram Tops Damp Opening Free Practice Session At Knockhill

by Dan Mason

Tom Ingram left it late to top the times in a damp opening Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship free practice session at Knockhill.

Drivers battled the aftermath of a sodden morning in Fife in the opening 40-minute session of the day, Ashley Sutton heading the way initially in damp conditions.

Standing water quickly began to diminish as the session progressed, times ultimately around three seconds slower than the lap record despite dipping into the 54s bracket.

A drier surface saw times improve by three seconds by the time the chequered flag greeted drivers, Ingram’s Toyota Avensis quickest of all with a time of 53.425s. The Speedowrks Motorsport driver was 0.642s clear of nearest rival, Jack GoffMat Jackson third despite trading the top spot with the pair in the final minutes.

Rob Collard was best of the RWD cars in fourth for Team BMW, while Dave Newsham finished fifth having briefly topped the times in his BTC Norlin Chevrolet Cruze.

Adam Morgan‘s Mercedes was next up, reigning champion Gordon Shedden seventh ahead of Chris Smiley in the second BTC Norlin Cruze. Tom Chilton‘s Vauxhall Astra was ninth, the top 10 rounded out by the fastest Subaru Levorg GT of James Cole.

The late flurry of improvements bumped early leaders Sutton and Jason Plato down the field, finishing in 20th and 18th respectively for Team BMR.

Standing in for the recovering Luke Davenport at MotorbaseRory Butcher impressed on home turf in his maiden BTCC practice session, running as high as second in the damp phase and ending 16th overall.

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