BTCC Knockhill – Ingram wins as title hunt gains momentum

Tom Ingram maintained his title aspirations as he took the final race win at Knockhill.

The 19th BTCC win of his career, the Hyundai driver fought hard and passed polesitter Stephen Jelley and held on for the win to close the gap to championship leader Ash Sutton.

At the start Jelley led, Ingram managed to pass Senna Proctor in on lap one to take third. Proctor’s team mate Josh Cook lost power coming out of turn one and parked up his Honda. The safety car was brought out while the marshals retrieved his car.

Lap four saw the restart with Jelley, Plato, Ingram and Proctor all close together. Ingram had the quicker car and was chasing Plato for 2nd place.

It wasn’t until lap ten when Plato ran wide at the final hairpin and Ingram and Proctor snuck down the inside to take 2nd and 3rd respectively. The next target for Ingram was Jelley in the BMW out in front.

Plato then lost out to Ash Sutton in his Infiniti as he dove down the inside into turn one.

The move for the lead came on lap 17 as Ingram replicated his move on Plato as he dove down the inside of Jelley and Proctor again was the beneficiary as he followed Ingram through for 2nd place.

Proctor had had a fantastic weekend, holding on to the tail of Ingram and followed him home to finish 2nd in his BTC Honda Civic.

Ingram took the win to close Sutton’s championship lead. Proctor was 2nd with Jelley a distant third.

Shedden, Sutton, Chris Smiley, Moffat, Turkington, Plato and Rowbottom rounded off the top ten to cap off a brilliant round of racing at Knockhill.

Pos Driver Car Team +/-
1 Tom Ingram Hyundai i30N Excelr8 22:23:760
2 Senna Proctor Honda Civic Type R BTC Racing +1.383
3 Stephen Jelley BMW 330i M Sport Team WSR +4.658
4 Gordon Shedden Honda Civic Type R Team Dynamics +5.211
5 Ash Sutton Infiniti Q50 Laser Tools +5.273
6 Chris Smiley Hyundai i30N Excelr8 +6.033
7 Aiden Moffat Infiniti Q50 Laser Tools +6.432
8 Colin Turkington BMW 330i M Sport Team WSR +10.298
9 Jason Plato Vauxhall Astra Power Maxed +11.932
10 Dan Rowbottom Honda Civic Type R Team Dynamics +12.546
11 Carl Boardley Infiniti Q50 Laser Tools +16.436
12 Aron Taylor-Smith Cupra Leon Team HARD +16.883
13 Adam Morgan BMW 330i M Sport Ciceley +17.076
14 Tom Oliphant BMW 330i M Sport Team WSR +17.507
15 Ollie Jackson Ford Focus ST MB Motorsport +18.575
16 Jack Butel Hyundai i30N Excelr8 +19.350
17 Sam Osborne Ford Focus ST Motorbase +19.796
18 Dan Lloyd Vauxhall Astra Power Maxed +20.405
19 Jade Edwards Honda Civic Type R BTC Racing +23.312
20 Rory Butcher Toyota Corolla Toyota Gazoo +23.466
21 Paul Rivett Ford Focus ST Motorbase +24.111
22 Jack Mitchell Cupra Leon Team HARD +24.420
23 Tom Chilton BMW 330i M Sport Ciceley +24.482
24 Sam Smelt Toyota Corolla Toyota Gazoo +25.027
25 Rick Parfitt Jr Hyundai i30N Excelr8 +25.120
26 Jack Goff Cupra Leon Team HARD +38.599
27 Jake Hill Ford Focus ST MB Motorsport +3 Laps
28 Nicholas Hamilton Cupra Leon Team HARD +4 Laps
Retirements
DNF Josh Cook Honda Civic Type R BTC Racing Mechanical (1)

 

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