Tom Ingram gave his foreign championship chances a boost by finishing first in the final round of the Kwikfit British Touring Car Championship 2020 season.
Toyota Gazoo Racing UK with Ginsters driver perfected the wet conditions to bypass the Brands Hatch Indy circuit in 54. 950 seconds to make sure he starts the first of tomorrow’s three races from first place.
Ingram said, “That was so hard, it was really slippery! It took a while to get to a rhythm because the circuit felt so different from free practice, so we were actually chasing some of the setting during the session. My engineers came across the radio with some really inspiring setup options that we went for and just changed the car. It was a challenging session but I am very happy to accomplish it.
“I feel really relaxed this weekend, more than any other event before, I think maybe because there is no direct pressure on me? I can do the best job possible, qualify in the starting position and win all three races tomorrow, but if anyone The last we fight against it right away, it would be void. The team and I can only do the best job we can and if it’s enough, that’s enough. So I feel very relaxed, very cold, and it’s actually a nice place to be.
He will be joined in the first row by fellow outside Rory Butcher in the Motorbase Performance Ford Focus Race.
Ash Sutton of Laser Tools Racing and Dan Cammish of Halfords Yuasa Racing line up in second row as four of the five champions of the tournament beat the top four by just 0. 083 seconds covering them.
Defending champion Colin Turkington, nine points clear of Sutton, finished eighth in the fastest time as he achieved maximum ballast around Kent..
Separates Turkington from his title rivals on the net, Ulysse Jackson will be in second Ford, Jake Hill and Matt Neal cars, who will line up fifth, sixth and seventh respectively.
Hill, who announced yesterday that he will stay with MB Motorsport sped up by the Blue Square team for 2021, grabbed his top six despite crashing at Paddock Hill Bend late in the session..
Paul Rivette and Josh Cook close to the top ten, with both drivers less than half a second away from the record time for Ingram.
Coverage for the final day of the season begins at 9:20 tomorrow on ITV4 with the inaugural race kicking off at 10:00.
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