Brands Hatch Indy: Ingram hits the front in season opening practice

For the second year in succession, Speedworks Motorsport's Tom Ingram has drawn first blood ahead of tomorrow's BTCC season opener by topping FP1 at Brands Hatch.
For the second year in succession, Speedworks Motorsport's Tom Ingram has drawn first blood ahead of tomorrow's British Touring Car Championship season opener by setting the FP1 pace at Brands Hatch.

The Toyota Avensis driver recovered from an earlier off at Graham Hill bend to reach the front of the field after displacing Honda's Matt Neal late in the session with a 48.230 second lap around the Indy configuration.

Such was the pace of the frontrunners, each of the top-five dipped under Andy Priaulx's pole position effort from the 2015 season.

Last year's season opener victor Rob Collard confirmed West Surrey Racing's credentials around the Indy circuit after completing the top-three for BMW.

Triple Eight's Ashley Sutton maintained his fine start to his BTCC career by setting the fourth fastest time having once led the 40-minute session.

The rookie's progress, however, was hampered when his MG came to a halt during the last third of the morning running.

While Sutton's FP1 charge faded towards the end of the session, Sam Tordoff's had only just begun. The WSR barely featured for much of the running but the WSR driver made a late move up the order and ended up in fifth ahead of reigning champion Gordon Shedden in sixth.

Jack Goff's seventh quickest time ensured all three BMW's were represented in the top-ten order. Goff's time was marginally than the efforts of Josh Cook, Andrew Jordan and Adam Morgan, following close behind in eighth, ninth and tenth.

While Ingram topped the times, all eyes were on the fleet of Team BMR Subaru Levorg's - all taking to the track for Subaru's first ever FP1 session.

The Levorg took to the track for the first time during a brief 15-minute outing during yesterday's shakedown.

Colin Turkington was the quickest of the four Levorg's after setting the 17th quickest time as the team racked up all important mileage having just completed one previous straight-line shakedown prior to Brands Hatch.

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Tom Ingram (GBR) Speedworks Toyota Avensis
Matt Simpson, Team Dynamics, [Credit: BTCC Media]
Rob Austin, Handy Motorsport [Credit: Handy Motorsport]
Andrew Jordan, WSR Pirtek BMW [Credit:Jakob Ebrey]
Mat Jackson, Motorbase Performance, Shredded Wheat [Credit: Motorbase]
Gordon Shedden, Matt Neal, Halfords Yuasa Racing [Credit: Halfords Yuasa]
Ant Whorton-Eales,, BTCC [Credit:]
Mat Jackson, Motorbase Performance, Shredded Wheat [Credit: Motorbase]
Senna Proctor, Power Maxed Racing, BTCC [Credit: BTCC media]
WSR BMW  - Gardx / JCT 600 teams champions
WSR BMW  - Gardx / JCT 600 teams champions

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