Speedworks Motorsport's Tom Ingram has sent out an early warning shot by topping the first British Touring Car Championship practice ahead of Jack Goff at Knockhill.

The first 40-minute session began under damp conditions but the track dried as clock ticked on, meaning the order became increasingly jumbled as the running ended

Ingram ultimately seized the initiative as an ever-increasing dry line appeared as the session reached its climax. The Toyota Avensis driver went over 0.6s clear of Eurotech Racing's Goff, with a 53.625 lap, as the flag fell.

With the Ford Focus clearly excelling in the evolving conditions, Motorbase Performance's Mat Jackson was another to lead the times late on but eventually settled for third ahead of the leading Team BMW effort of Rob Collard in fourth.

BTC Norlin Racing's Dave Newsham pleased his home fans by negotiating the opening session in fifth position ahead of the Mercedes A-Class of Adam Morgan in sixth and fellow compatriot Gordon Shedden in seventh.

Chris Smiley completed an impressive FP1 for the BTC Norlin squad by setting the eighth fastest time in the sister Chevrolet Cruze. The Ulsterman was followed by Vauxhall's Tom Chilton and Subaru's James Cole, who both completed the remainder of the top-ten in ninth and tenth.

Elsewhere, Subaru's Jason Plato and Ashley Sutton ended the morning running in 18th and 20th, respectively. The Team BMR duo had led the order at the halfway point of the session but tumbled down the timesheets as the conditions improved.

Motorbase Performance's BTCC debutant Rory Butcher was impressive on his first apperance in the series after featuring in the top placings for much of the session. The local favourtite ultimately ended up in twelfth.


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