Thruxton: Ingram predicts record-breaking Thruxton qualifying

Thruxton's FP2 pacesetter Tom Ingram is expecting the existing BTCC pole position lap record to tumble, even if the Speedworks Motorsport driver can't achieve it himself.
Tom Ingram doesn't believe his fastest time set during the second British Touring Car Championship will prove to be a representative marker as the Speedworks driver expects the existing Thruxton pole position record to be broken.

Once again, Ingram finds himself as one of the favourites to clinch pole position after reaching the top of the timesheets during FP2. The Toyota Avensis driver is yet to qualify outside of the top-five in 2015, also securing his first pole position in the series back at Brands Hatch.

Apart from producing the quickest time of the weekend so far, Ingram was satisfied with his 40 minutes work during FP2.

Unsurprisingly Ingram has set himself the target of making it two BTCC poles out of three in 2016 but, at the same time, remains realistic of the challenge at hand.

"We came into FP2 knowing what we wanted to achieve by doing a qualifying and race simulation, which we managed to do. The qualifying simulation was by no means an indication of what we're capable of," Ingram told

"We've still got a lot to show. I don't think anyone will have shown their hand. The race run felt good and so did the qualifying run, so we'll see.

"Pole position is the plan but being realistic we'd probably be happy with the top-five."

Ingram says the evolution of the new RML kits level of performance displayed through the first two race weekends gives reason to believe that Andrew Jordan's pole position record [1 minute 16.192's] set in 2014 could well be trumped.

"I didn't even go about the run as a qualifying lap. I just got across the line at the end, looked at the dashboard and it was P1. The pace will be massively underneath that. I wouldn't be surprised if pole position will be in the 1.15's," the Speedworks driver continued.

"We've already seen how much quicker this RML kit is. I'd expect someone to get into the 15's, even if it isn't me. We've seen on the data that we're not a million miles away. We'll pour through the data and see where we are."

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