Speedworks Motorsport's Tom Ingram has opened up British Touring Car Championship race victory account after defeating both of the Halfords Yuasa Honda's in comfortable fashion at Brands Hatch.

Ingram continued his weekend of firsts with imperious ease having already secured his first ever pole position in yesterday's qualifying.

Starting from the front, Ingram initiated the perfect getaway and held onto the lead ahead of the slowing starting Honda Civic Type-R of reigning champion Gordon Shedden as the action kicked off behind the leading runners.

A fraught opening sequence of laps, which involved a number of intra-team incidents, finally culminated with Alex Martin suffering a high speed shunt in the wall between Graham Hill bend and Surtees.

Meanwhile, such was the intensity of action behind the leaders, the battle for the lead almost went unnoticed, just as Shedden began to think about sinking his claws into the leading Avensis.

Once the safety car peeled back into the pits, Ingram appeared to regain some control of proceedings and managed to establish some degree of breathing space back to the chasing Honda's of Shedden and Matt Neal.

It was a gap that the Hondas failed to bridge as the consistency of Ingram proved too much for Shedden and Neal to contend with.

By the end of the 25 lap race, Ingram crossed the line for a hugely popular victory by over two seconds ahead of the former and reigning champions.

Behind the leading trio, Ashley Sutton survived a number of attacks for position to take fourth position in only his BTCC race.

The MG driver negotiated his way through the chaos during the opening laps before having to call upon his defensive skills as both BMW's Jack Goff and Triple Eight team mate Josh Cook threatened to get past.

Sutton's resistance ultimately cost Goff the chance of elevating himself further forward and dropped to tenth by the end of the opening race.

Rob Collard recovered from an earlier altercation with his West Surrey Racing team mate Sam Tordoff to finish sixth ahead of BKR's Aron Smith.

Mat Jackson was another to exchange paintwork with his team mate and came perilously close to ending his race in the pit-wall after almost coming together with Andrew Jordan.

WIX Racing's Adam Morgan also overcame some opening round battle scars to finish ninth ahead of Goff in tenth.

 

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