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BTCC FP1: Ingram leads the early running at Brands Hatch

Saturday, May 14 2022

Tom Ingram led the way in the opening free practice session of the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship event at Brands Hatch this morning, lapping the Indy circuit in 48.089s in bright and sunny conditions.

Ingram's timesheet topping performance is a continuation of the form that carried him to the head of the BTCC standings at Donington Park. His Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30N will be without hybrid boost ahed of qualifying and the opening race of the weekend, to reflect his status as series leader, but Ingram's early pace indicates that a strong weekend is still possible.

Adam Morgan lapped just 0.028s shy of Ingram's pace in a fiercely contested session, in which the top 26 cars were separated by fractionally more than a second. Morgan's Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW 330e M Sport was just 0.012s clear of Stephen Jelley's similar machine in works Team BMW colours. 

Gordon Shedden was fourth quickest in his Halfords Racing with Cataclean Honda Civic Type R, whilst Josh Cook rounded out the top-five in his Rich Energy BTC Racing entered version of the Japanese performance hatchback. 

It was a strong showing for the majority of the BMW cars on the circuit, with Donington pole-sitter Jake Hill running sixth at his home circuit. Hill has adapted well to rear-wheel-drive machinery so far in 2022 in his WSR-run ROKiT MB Motorsport, and just outpaced four-time champion Colin Turkington's Team BMW machine run from the same stable in the first track action of the weekend. 

Jason Plato began his penultimate Brands Hatch appearance as a BTCC driver in impressive style with a run toi eighth, just ahead of Rory Butcher and Ash Hand who completed the top-ten.

Reigning champion Ashley Sutton will have his eyes firmly on a drive forwards throughout the rest of the weekend after setting the 16th fastest time in his NAPA Racing UK entry. His teammate Dan Cammish was on the fringes of the top-ten in 11th.

Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship, Free Practice 1, Brands Hatch

1. Tom Ingram, Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com, Hyundai, 48.089s
2. Adam Morgan, Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport, BMW, +0.028s
3. Stephen Jelley, Team BMW, BMW, +0.040s
4. Gordon Shedden, Halfords Racing with Cataclean, +0.042s
5. Josh Cook, Rich Energy BTC Racing, Honda, +0.100s
6. Jake Hill, ROKiT MB Motorsport, BMW, +0.113s
7. Colin Turkington, Team BMW, BMW, +0.138s
8. Jason Plato, Rich Energy BTC Racing, +0.189s
9. Rory Butcher, Toyota GAZOO Racing UK, Toyota, +0.192s
10. Ash Hand, CarStore with Power Maxed Racing, +0.209s

For full timings and results from this weekend, click here.