Donington BTCC: Ingram battles from 13th to win

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Donington BTCC: Ingram battles from 13th to win
By: Matt James
Apr 29, 2018, 2:33 PM

Tom Ingram became the first two-time winner in the BTCC 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 the fact his saloon had no success ballast and he was fitted with the favourable medium tyres to 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.

On lap eight, 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 on lap 10.

Smiley held on for second place, which marks his best BTCC career result to date. 

On lap 13, 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 MG to ninth place, has been drawn on pole for the reverse grid race, and he will share the front row with Ash Sutton’s Subaru, which had finished eighth. 

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Series BTCC
Event Donington Park
Location Donington Park
Drivers Tom Ingram
Teams Speedworks Motorsport
Author Matt James
Article type Race report