A day after claiming his maiden pole position, rising star Tom Ingram won his first ever Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship victory after producing an impressive lights-to-flag performance at Brands Hatch in the opening race of the 2016 season.
Speedworks Motorsport’s Tom Ingram secured his first ever BTCC pole position after setting an impressive lap record in the opening qualifying session of the new tin-top season at Brands Hatch. The result was also a first for the Speedworks squad and the first pole for a Toyota machine in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship since 2012.
Clear blue skies made way for a drizzly qualifying contest on the 1.2-mile Indy Circuit, although the opening exchanges were run in prime conditions.
Ingram completed his benchmark lap after ten minutes of the session and became the first ever BTCC driver to set a time inside the 47 seconds bracket. Spots of rain fell before anyone could respond, leading to a greasy track surface and a flurry of cars heading for the pit lane. Conditions calmed almost as quickly as they had started, but the thin layer of moisture on the surface had seemingly put paid to further improvements at the top of the timesheets.
Sam Tordoff was fastest in the second free practice session at Brands Hatch, as times continued to fall.
The JCT600 with GardX driver lapped the 1.2 mile Indy circuit in 48.132 seconds, 0.164 ahead of his nearest rival, the Team BKR Volkswagen CC of Aron Smith.
Tom Ingram set the pace in the opening practice for the first round of this season's Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch.
In almost perfect weather conditions the times tumbled, with several drivers completing laps faster than last year's pole position time.