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Red Hot Ingram seals win for new Toyota at Donington

Sunday, April 28 2019

Tom Ingram claimed the first win for the new Toyota Corolla in the final Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship race of the weekend at Donington Park this afternoon (Sunday). 

The Ginsters-backed driver started from pole and didn't crumble under late pressure from Rob Collard to claim his first win of the year in front of a bumper crowd, including thousands of employees of the Japanese manufacturer based just a few miles away in Derby.

Ingram finished just over a second clear of Collard in the Power Maxed Vauxhall Astra, Collard inching closer towards the end of the race but unable to make a serious impression on the eventual race winner. 

Josh Cook completed the podium for the BTC Racing team, over three seconds further back.

Rory Butcher rounded off another strong weekend to take fourth in the AmD Honda Civic, a couple of seconds clear of Ashley Sutton who battled from eighth to take fifth, ahead of Jake Hill who had to endure race long pressure in his Audi S3, as he dropped from second on the grid to take sixth.

Jason Plato secured another top-10 result in the Vauxhall Astra having challenged Hill late on, with Adam Morgan recovering from his race one retirement to take eighth in the final race from 12th on the grid. 

Double Donington winner and reigning champion Colin Turkington claimed ninth, as he completed his best weekend for some time with a solid points finish, with Halfords Yuasa Racing's Dan Cammish completing the top-10.

At the start, Ingram held off a fast starting Hill on the run to Redgate, but behind there was drama again, as three of the Team HARD VW CC's encountered trouble at the Craner Curves. Michael Crees and Carl Boardley sailed through the gravel, with Boardley enduring a hefty impact into the barriers, while further round the Old Hairpin, Jack Goff was nerfed from behind and sustaining damage. 

The safety car was deployed, wiping out Ingram's initial lead, but he was able to keep his head down and build a lead approaching two seconds over Collard, who worked his way past Hill early on. Collard set about closing the gap, and halved it but ran out of time in his pursuit of the leader. 

Ingram commented: "I'm really emotional, it's just insane! This means so much, we've put in so much work and it's great to get the first win for the Corolla, the first of many I hope. The boys have been amazing and what a weekend to do it on! The car was a pleasure to drive and was just fantastic - I could see Rob was quicker and pushing hard but I wasn't going to risk making a mistake and was able to manage the last few laps."

Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship, Donington Park race three top-10:

1. Tom Ingram, Team Toyota GB with Ginsters, 19 laps
2. Rob Collard, Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing, +1.092s
3. Josh Cook, BTC Racing, +4.730s
4. Rory Butcher, Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid/RCIB Insurance, +10.087s
5. Ashley Sutton, Adrian Flux Subaru Racing, +12.649s
6. Jake Hill, TradePriceCars.com, 13.367s
7. Jason Plato, Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing, +13.933s
8. Adam Morgan, Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport, +14.328s
9. Colin Turkington, Team BMW, +14.899s
10. Dan Cammish, Halfords Yuasa Racing, +15.314s

The next major event at Donington Park is the Donington Historic Festival next weekend, featuring racing from cars spanning eight decades! Tickets are available from £10 for adults, with free entry for children under-13. For more information or to book tickets, click here