Ingram takes victory in Donington Race 2

Matt James
This article first appeared on autosport.com

Tom Ingram became the first two-time winner in this season’s British Touring Car Championship as he took his Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis to victory in the second race of the day at Donington Park.

The reigning Independents Trophy holder battled from 13th on the grid to capitalise on his lack of success ballast and the use of favourable medium tyres to take victory.

He capitalised on the lack of pace from those ahead with weight and the harder rubber to jump into the top six after two laps, and picked off the opposition from there.

Behind leader Dan Cammish (Team Dynamics Honda), Chris Smiley struggled on the harder tyres on his BTC Norlin Civic and a queue formed behind him. Ingram passed Moffat and zeroed in on Smiley.

Smiley had dragged up to the bootlid of Cammish, on the harder tyres and with 66kg of ballast. He managed to overhaul the leader going into the Old Hairpin, and Ingram managed to leapfrog the hamstrung car on the run to McLeans.

The top two set off in a private dual, with Ingram finally managing to unseat Smiley going into the chicane.

“The car was sensational all the way through – with no weight on, we have one hell of a car.” said Ingram, who extended his lead at the top of the table.

“Our car has been strong on the mid-corner to exit – like it was at Brands Hatch – and that was what made it possible for me to jump Smiley. He made things tough for me, but he was fair and didn’t make any mistakes.”

Smiley held on for second place, which marked his best BTCC career result to date. “Tom had more pace than me at the end, and I simply didn’t want to do anything stupid and throw it all away. I am delighted though.”

Jack Goff, who had mirrored Ingram’s progress from 12th on the grid, jumped ahead of Cammish to grab the final podium slot.

Adam Morgan came from 22nd on the grid after a clash in race one to take his Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class to fifth ahead of Motorbase Performance man James Cole. Polesitter Josh Cook, who had the harder tyres and 75kg, was powerless to halt his slide to seventh place after the 16 laps.

Double champion Colin Turkington had been due to start in ninth place, but his WSR car was wheeled off the grid with a water system problem. It was fixed and he returned to action, but pitted for good later on.

Rory Butcher, who took his AmDTuning.com MG6 to ninth place, has been drawn on pole for the reserved grid race, and he will share the front row with Ash Sutton’s Subaru Levorg, which had finished eighth.

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Tom Ingram Speedworks Toyota 19m08.525s
2 Chris Smiley BTC Norlin Honda 0.834s
3 Jack Goff Eurotech Racing Honda 3.484s
4 Dan Cammish Team Dynamics Honda 6.214s
5 Adam Morgan Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes 6.555s
6 James Cole Motorbase Ford 7.696s
7 Josh Cook Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 7.873s
8 Ash Sutton Team BMR Subaru 8.396s
9 Rory Butcher AmD Tuning MG 12.803s
10 Tom Chilton Motorbase Ford 14.495s
11 Sam Tordoff Motorbase Ford 15.164s
12 Tom Oliphant Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes 16.515s
13 Rob Collard WSR BMW 18.590s
14 Brett Smith Eurotech Racing Honda 19.016s
15 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 21.024s
16 Matt Neal Team Dynamics Honda 21.306s
17 Tom Boardman AmD Tuning MG 21.748s
18 Andrew Jordan WSR BMW 24.417s
19 Stephen Jelley Team Parker Racing BMW 24.603s
20 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru 25.237s
21 Rob Austin HMS Racing Alfa Romeo 25.699s
22 Senna Proctor Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 25.912s
23 Jake Hill Team Hard Volkswagen 26.517s
24 Bobby Thompson Team Hard Volkswagen 27.001s
25 Matt Simpson Eurotech Racing Honda 27.545s
26 Josh Price Team BMR Subaru 28.659s
27 Michael Caine Team Hard Volkswagen 30.236s
28 Mike Bushell Team Hard Volkswagen 31.411s
29 Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi 1m08.515s
Sam Smelt AmD Tuning Audi Retirement
Colin Turkington WSR BMW Retirement
James Nash BTC Norlin Honda Retirement

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