Tom Ingram secured his second win of the day at Silverstone in a chaotic second race at Silverstone – stopped a few laps early due to deteriorating track conditions due to the rain.
Ingram initially got away well from pole and sailed off into a one second lead before Power Maxed Racing’s Jason Plato tagged the Team Toyota GB driver going into Brooklands, sending both out wide. Tom Oliphant saw the gap open up and took the lead of the race having started in fourth.
The safety car was deployed at around half-race distance after Adam Morgan spun and went into the gravel at Becketts.
The rain started falling as the marshals recovered Morgan’s stricken Mercedes A-Class meaning when the race eventually restarted, the track was very wet and slippery.
Still on the slick Dunlop tyre, the pack ever so gingerly got up and running again. Leading the field away, Oliphant got a little twitch going through Copse and dropped down to third, gifting Ingram the lead back and allowing Championship leader Turkington up into second after starting in 14th.
Ingram claimed victory as the race was halted a few laps early due to the poor weather but admitted after the race he would have been ‘happy to keep going.’
“It was a totally different race there and that rain was scary!” said Ingram. “I love it when it’s like that and you’ve got to be so mindful with everything. It was really enjoyable and what a massive achievement for the team. I was happy to keep going. It’s nice in that situation with the drivers battling to see who’s bravest.
“I felt for Tom (Oliphant), losing it like that but I was trying to force him into making a slip-up. I’ve no idea where Jason (Plato) came from. He was tight left before the back straight and I don’t know if he came for a lunge and I didn’t see him. You always check your mirrors before turning in and next thing I knew I was broadside across the track!”
Ingram did well to hold the slide and carry on going after getting tagged by Plato.
After a disappointing first race, Turkington was very happy to come back through the pack and claim second position. He now leads the standings by 11 points from Dan Cammish who came from 11th on the grid to third.
“Sometimes you can get races like that where the dice rolls your way,” explained Turkington. “I had weight out of the car for the first time this weekend and I don’t think I’ve a round tyre left on the car! It was so tricky coming through the pack. I feel like I’m back in it now, so on we go!”
“What a crazy race,” responded Cammish. “I knew I had to be more aggressive, which I was. It was one of those races where doors open for you as people squabble. As the rain came, we were so strong. It might have been a chance at a victory but I’m happy with that and I’m right in the mix.”
After running in the top three for much of the race, Plato dropped back late on to finish fourth with Josh Cook fifth and Chris Smiley sixth.
Oliphant finished in seventh after dropping back after the safety car with Andrew Jordan a disappointing eighth. He now sits 16 points behind Turkington in the Championship table.
Mike Bushell produced another impressive drive to finish ninth with Matt Simpson 10th.
Ashley Sutton will start from pole position in race three after finishing in 11th – getting picked for reverse grid pole.
Michael Caine came home an impressive 12th on his return to the series with Bobby Thompson 13th, Ollie Jackson 14th and Senna Proctor in 15th.
Header image from BTCC.
By Jordan Hollands.