Ingram grabs his first win of the season in final race of the day at Donington

Tom Ingram converted pole position into the first win for Speedworks as a manufacturer and his first win of the season with a terrific drive in front of 4,500 Toyota members.

The current Independent Champion made a great start from pole position and led the field into Redgate with Jake Hill slotting in behind from second on the grid.

The safety car came out at the end of the first lap after Carl Boardley and Michael Crees went off at Craner Curves with Boardley hitting the barrier hard. Jack Goff was also involved in the action on the opening lap and retired after getting a whack in the rear end.

Carl Boardley has found life tough so far in the BTCC, but did get his maiden points finish earlier in the day

At the restart, Ashley Sutton moved up the inside of Tom Chilton at Coppice with Jason Plato following him through at the chicane as the pair aimed to move forward.

Meanwhile, Rob Collard dived up the inside of Hill going into the chicane to grab second. Josh Cook then moved past Hill at the Old Hairpin to go to third.

Rory Butcher then went up the inside of Hill at McLean’s as the Trade Price Cars Audi S3 driver was starting to struggle with his harder compound Dunlop tyre.

Adam Morgan made use of the quicker tyre and dived up the inside of Chilton at Coppice to grab ninth as he sought to make amends after his big shunt in race one.

Sutton then got a good run out of Coppice and overtook Plato going into the chicane to grab sixth. A couple of laps later, the 2017 Champion pulled off a similar move on Hill to grab fifth place.

On the penultimate lap, Morgan overtook Turkington to grab eighth.

But at the front, Ingram came home to take a comfortable lights to flag victory and his first win of the season with his brand-new Toyota Corolla followed by Rob Collard and Josh Cook.

An emotional Tom Ingram said: “It’s an incredibly special moment. What a weekend to do it on as well, at a track that’s going to be our adopted home circuit. I cannot tell you how much pride we’ll all hold tonight, it’s just been fantastic. There’s been so much hard work that’s go in, not only just building the car but creating what we’ve created with an incredible group of people.

“I was mindful to just manage the gap and not push too hard. I could see that Rob (Collard) was quick, but I was happy for him to close the gap because I knew that for all the time, he was pushing to catch me he’d be taking the life out his tyres as well.

“I lost my Nan this week, so this one’s for Nanny.”

Rob Collard said: “I’m so happy for that. “I really had to battle for it at the start and I knew I had to get Josh (Cook) at the start. It was now-or-never. I can safely say I’ve adapted back to front-wheel drive. That’s for all the people who said I was too old!”

Rob Collard is back in a front wheel drive car for 2019

Josh Cook said: “It’s been a tough day. It’s great to get some decent points in that last race. Credit to Tom (Ingram) and the guys at Speedworks. It was a class drive and fair play to Rob (Collard) too. It was slightly demoralising seeing him pull away. There’s more to come and happy at gaining some important points as we head to Thruxton.”

Ashley Sutton leaves Donington Park as the Championship leader after a very consistent day with a second, third and a fifth.

The Championship moves onto Thruxton for the first of two visits to the Hampshire circuit in three weeks’ time for rounds seven, eight and nine.

Header image from BTCC

By Jordan Hollands.

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