Brands Hatch Indy: Ingram lands maiden BTCC pole at Brands

Speedworks Motorsport's Tom Ingram claims a landmark maiden British Touring Car Championship pole position after holding off reigning champion Gordon Shedden at Brands Hatch.
Speedworks Motorsport's Tom Ingram has claimed a landmark first career British Touring Car Championship pole after holding off reigning champion Gordon Shedden at Brands Hatch.

The Toyota Avensis driver, who had already marked out his credentials by setting the pace earlier in FP1, set his best effort just 10 minutes into the 30 minute session.

Ingram couldn't have timed his lap more perfectly as a prolonged period of light rain scuppered his rivals' charge.

The 22-year old was the only man to go sub 48 seconds around the Indy circuit after trumping Shedden's time by just 0.63's.

As the light rain fell, West Surrey Racing's Jack Goff appeared to be the only driver capable of climbing up the order. But as the mist relented, Ingram faced a tense end to the afternoon as the times began to tumble again.

Shedden's Honda Civic Type-R team mate Matt Neal threatened late on even his best could take the triple champion no higher than third ahead of the leading West Surrey Racing BMW of Sam Tordoff in fourth - despite leading the early charge.

Triple Eight's Ashley Sutton produced an effort good enough to launch the BTCC rookie into top-five at the first time of asking while also out-qualifying his MG team mate Josh Cook, who shares the third row in sixth.

WIX Racing's Adam Morgan begins the year in solid fashion with seventh ahead of the recovering IHG Rewards backed BMW of Goff in eighth.

The former MG driver suffered an early spin and subsequently found himself out of sync with the rest of the field.

Surprisingly, given the strength of the Motorbase Ford package at the end of 2015, Mat Jackson could only manage ninth while his team mate Andrew Jordan failed to enter the top-ten in 14th.

Team BKR's Aron Smith ended up in tenth while Subaru Team BMR's Colin Turkington pulled a sensational lap out of the bag during the dying seconds to salvage eleventh as the highest placed Levorg.

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Tom Ingram (GBR) Speedworks Toyota Avensis
BMW returns to the BTCC with WSR
Ashley Sutton - Subaru Team BMR [pic credit BTCC]
Jack Goff, Eurotech Racing, [Credit: BTCC media]
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]

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