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Pole keeps BTCC title dream alive for Ingram at Brands Hatch

Saturday, November 14 2020

Toyota Gazoo Racing UK with Ginsters' Tom Ingram claimed the final Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship pole position of the season earlier today (14 November) as the 27-year-old mastered the wet conditions at Brands Hatch.

Not only was it a stellar display from Ingram, but it has also hauled the Toyota star one point closer to standings leader Colin Turkington ahead of tomorrow's triple-header finale.

With a quintet of drivers still in contention to claim the most coveted prize in British motorsport it was the two title outsiders that produced the goods, as Motorbase Performance's Rory Butcher completed the front row positions.

Another pair of  title chasers were next in the order as Laser Tools Racing's Ash Sutton pipped Halfords Yuasa Racing's Dan Cammish to third.

Ollie Jackson made it a double celebration for Motorbase Performance at its home circuit as he grabbed fifth late on, fresh from his victory at Snetterton last time out and continuing his sensational run of form in the second half of the season.

The rain made for an exciting session for those watching but it was a nerve wracking experience for the 27 drivers on track.

Paddock Hill Bend is one of the most notorious corners in the world of motor racing, but it was Surtees, Druids and Clearways that initially proved most tricky. Matt Neal, Carl Boardley, Senna Proctor, Jack Butel and Cammish all had off-track moments in the first half of the session before Paddock eventually took its first victim. 

Neal - the most experienced driver on the grid - endured his second skirmish as he ran through the gravel at Paddock, but local man Jake Hill went even deeper into the corner and eventually made contact with the barrier, bringing about a second red flag stoppage.

MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square's Hill lost his fastest lap - part of the penalty for causing a red flag - but he had still set a quick enough backup time to take sixth on the grid ahead of Neal.

Defending champion Turkington had to make do with eighth in his maximum ballast-laden BMW 3 Series, but he was rewarded with the Goodyear Wingfoot Award thanks to his superior qualifying positions across the season.

2020 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship - Qualifying - Brands Hatch Indy

1           Tom INGRAM (GBR)  Toyota Gazoo Racing UK with Ginsters  54.950s
2           Rory BUTCHER (GBR)  Motorbase Performance +0.024s
3           Ashley SUTTON (GBR)  Laser Tools Racing +0.034s
4           Dan CAMMISH (GBR)  Halfords Yuasa Racing +0.083s
5          Ollie JACKSON (GBR)  Motorbase Performance +0.189s 
6           Jake HILL (GBR) MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square +0.306s
7           Matt NEAL (GBR)  Halfords Yuasa Racing +0.329s
8           Colin TURKINGTON (GBR)  Team BMW +0.431s
9           Paul RIVETT (GBR)  GKR TradePriceCars.com +0.454s 
10        Josh COOK (GBR) BTC Racing +0.499s
11        Stephen JELLEY (GBR) Team Parker Racing +0.531s
12        Tom OLIPHANT (GBR)  Team BMW +0.534s 
13        Aiden MOFFAT (GBR)  Laser Tools Racing +0.577s 
14        Jack GOFF (GBR)  RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport +0.772s
15        Chris SMILEY (GBR)  Excelr8 Motorsport +0.819s
16        Tom CHILTON (GBR)  BTC Racing +0.849s
17        Adam MORGAN (GBR)  Carlube TripleR Racing with Mac Tools +0.916s
18        Carl BOARDLEY (GBR)  HUB Financial Solutions with Team HARD +0.917s
19        Nicolas HAMILTON (GBR)  ROKiT Racing with Team HARD +1.035s
20       Andy NEATE (GBR)  Motorbase Performance +1.125s
21        Sam OSBORNE (GBR)  MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square +1.204s
22        Michael CREES (GBR) The Clever Baggers with BTC Racing +1.363s
23        Ethan HAMMERTON (GBR)  GKR TradePriceCars.com +1.378s
24        Glynn GEDDIE (GBR)  RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport +1.540s
25        Brad PHILPOT (GBR)  Power Maxed Car Care Racing +1.566s
26        Jack BUTEL (GBR) Carlube TripleR Racing with Mac Tools +2.445s
27        Senna PROCTOR (GBR)  Excelr8 Motorsport +2.496s