Speedwork Motorsport's Tom Ingram has emerged from the opening British Touring Car Championship practice at Croft as the surprise pacesetter after demoting WSR's Andy Priaulx from the top spot.

Ingram left his session topping effort spectacularly late as BMW's Priaulx looked set to take the FP1 honours once the chequered flag fell. But the Toyota driver's last gasp attempt bettered the former three-time world champion's time by a staggering three-quarters of a second.

Eurotech's Martin Depper was another to impress during when another last minute flyer catapulted the Honda Civic into third position ahead of the top factory Honda Civic Type R of Gordon Shedden in fourth.

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Incidentally, Priaulx, Depper and Shedden's times could only be separated by 0.044's while Team BMR's Aron Smith and Mercedes' Adam Morgan trailed a further two-tenths back in fifth and sixth.

Defending champion Colin Turkington began his weekend in seventh position, 1.2 seconds off Ingram's searing pace.

Triple Eight's Jack Goff was the only MG to make the top-ten order as his team mate Andrew Jordan languished down in twelfth position.

Team Dynamics' Matt Neal ended the running in ninth while Eurotech's Jeff Smith meant that all four of the Honda entrants made it into the top ten.

Championship leader Jason Plato had a steady start to the weekend in 15th. The Volkswagen CC driver trailed Ingram by 1.7 seconds as the chequered flag fell.

BTCC newcomer's Nicolas Hamilton and Max Coates both successfully negotiated their first official running in 26th and 28th respectively. The Audi and Infiniti driver's lapped within a tenth within each other's opening efforts.