Ingram in hunt for British Touring Car championship

Tom Ingram in action at Rockingham

Cheshire-based Speedworks Motorsport put in a great performance in the latest round of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, Tom Ingram leaving Rockingham in the hunt for overall championship honours, just four points behind series leader Colin Turkington in his BMW.

Having topped the opening free practice session of the weekend, Ingram left himself with work to do, sitting 13th on the grid for race one, but just 0.5secs off the pole time of Adam Morgan [Mercedes].

It was testament to the championship, however, that 28 of the 31 runners set times within one second of one another.

Ingram ran well in race one and climbed to seventh place, where he would stay until the final lap.

There was heartbreak just around the corner, however, when throttle failure snatched away all of the points he had gained and saw him start race two from 27th place.

Tom Ingram in action at Rockingham
Tom Ingram in action at Rockingham (www.mphotographic.co.uk)

A sterling drive in race two saw the Toyota Avensis racer climb 24 places, crossing the line in third place – on the podium and leading the championship.

The ‘reversed-grid’ for race three left Ingram starting eighth, but by the sixth lap the Speedworks racer had claimed sixth place, and four laps later climbed to fifth, where he would remain in an almost photo-finish at the flag.

Turkington, finishing ahead, would claim back the championship lead.

The BTCC is next in action at Knockhill in Scotland over the weekend of the August 25-26.

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