Tom Ingram gets maiden BTCC pole in season opener

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.