Ingram fastest in free practice

Tom Ingram topped the times in free practice ahead of the first qualifying session of the 2017 British Touring Car Championship.

Ingram spent the majority of the first practice session top of the times, and finished the session 0.117s faster than Rob Collard in second. The 48.164s lap time looked unbeatable in the second session of the day and it was only Ingram who was able to beat it, when he completed a flying lap in the final minutes of the session to jump to the top of the timings with a 48.158s.

Until that point, Adam Morgan had been top of the timings. He inished the session just 0.086s slower than Ingram.

The only red flag of the morning came in FP1, when Aiden Moffat found himself in the gravel at Clearways. The front left wheel of his Mercedes came away from the car due to what Moffat called a “recurring issue” which multiple teams have faced.

“Turning into the corner, we had problems with the hub and the wheel nut breaking away from each other, so the wheel just came off mid-corner – that was pretty much that,” Moffat told TouringCar.net

“It’s frustrating – it’s the first time we’ve had the issue but it is a recurring issue within teams.

“It’s very frustrating because of the position it’s put us in for the weekend now, we’re on the back foot. It shouldn’t have happened really – we’ve done everything we were advised to do on our end.”

Moffat also said the fault lies with the supplier.

Strangely off pace were the Subaru Levorgs of Jason Plato and Josh Price. Price’s lack of pace is understandable, as the rookie’s deal was signed so close to the start of the season he hadn’t even had a seat fitting before the media day last month. But Plato’s slow times will be a little more worrying for the team.

The fastest rookie of the morning was Senna Proctor in the Power Maxed Racing’s Vauxhall Astra. He set a time of 48.524s, which put him ninth fastest overall in FP2.

Full times:

FP1

1. Tom Ingram – Speedworks – Toyota Avensis – 48.164
2. Rob Collard – Team BMW – BMW 125i M Sport – 48.281
3. Andy Jordan – Team BMW – BMW 125i M Sport – 48.303
4. Adam Morgan – Ciceley Motorsport – Mercedes-Benz A Class – 48.320
5. Gordon Shedden – Halfords Yuasa Racing – Honda Civic Type R – 48.332
6. Colin Turkington – Team BMW – BMW 125i M Sport – 48.346
7. Ashley Sutton – Adrian Flux Subaru Racing – Subaru Levorg GT – 48.493
8. Jack Goff – Eurotech Racing – Honda Civic Type R – 48.506
9. Aron Taylor-Smith – MG RCIB Insurace Racing – MG6 GT – 48.583
10. Rob Austin – Handy Motorsport – Toyota Avensis – 48.551
11. Dave Newsham – BTC Norlin Racing – Chevrolet Cruze – 48.684
12. Tom Chilton – Power Maxed Racing – Vauxhall Astra – 48.687
13. Michael Epps – Autoaid/RCIB Insurance Racing – Volkswagen CC – 48.687
14. Jake Hill – TAG Racing – Volkswagen CC – 48.712
15. Daniel Lloyd – MG RCIB Insurance Racing – MG6 GT – 48.729
16. Matt Neal – Halfords Yuasa Racing – Honda Civic Type R – 48.749
17. Jeff Smith – Eurotech Racing – Honda Civic Type R – 48.753
18. Will Burns – Autoaid/RCIB Insurance Racing – Volkswagen CC – 48.844
19. Chris Smiley – BTC Norlin Racing – Chevrolet Cruze – 48.879
20. Josh Cook –Maximum Motorsport – Ford Focus ST – 48.936
21. Mat Jackson – Team Shredded Wheat Racing – Ford Focus ST – 48.939
22. Senna Proctor – Power Maxed Racing – Vauxhall Astra – 48.944
23. Luke Davenport – Team Shredded Wheat Racing – Ford Focus ST – 49.017
24. James Cole – Adrian Flux Subaru Racing – Subaru Levorg GT – 49.048
25. Stephen Jelley – Team Parker Racing – Ford Focus ST – 49.073
26. Ollie Jackson – AmD Tuning – Audi S3 Saloon- 49.144
27. Martin Depper – Team Shredded Wheat Racing – Ford Focus ST – 49.280
28. Ant Whorton-Eales – AmD Tuning – Audi S3 Saloon – 49.284
29. Matt Simpson – Simpson Racing – Honda Civic Type R – 49.300
30. Jason Plato – Adrian Flux Subaru Racing – Subaru Levorg GT – 49.329
31. Aiden Moffat – Laser Tools – Mercedes-Benz A Class – 49.730
32. Josh Price – Team BMR Racing Academy – Subaru Levorg GT- 50.231

FP2:

1. Tom Ingram – Speedworks – Toyota Avensis – 48.158
2. Adam Morgan – Ciceley Motorsport – Mercedes-Benz A Class – 48.244
3. Jack Goff – Eurotech Racing – Honda Civic Type R – 48.249
4. Matt Neal – Halfords Yuasa Racing – Honda Civic Type R – 48.323
5. Rob Austin – Handy Motorsport – Toyota Avensis – 48.418
6. Colin Turkington – Team BMW – BMW 125i M Sport – 48.459
7. Jeff Smith – Eurotech Racing – Honda Civic Type R – 48.499
8. Aron Taylor-Smith – MG RCIB Insurace Racing – MG6 GT – 48.512
9. Senna Proctor – Power Maxed Racing – Vauxhall Astra – 48.524
10. Andy Jordan – Team BMW – BMW 125i M Sport – 48.531
11. Aiden Moffat – Laser Tools – Mercedes-Benz A Class – 48.540
12. Gordon Shedden – Halfords Yuasa Racing – Honda Civic Type R – 48.559
13. Tom Chilton – Power Maxed Racing – Vauxhall Astra – 48.569
14. Michael Epps – Autoaid/RCIB Insurance Racing – Volkswagen CC – 48.592
15. Rob Collard – Team BMW – BMW 125i M Sport – 48.594
16. Daniel Lloyd – MG RCIB Insurance Racing – MG6 GT – 48.666
17. Mat Jackson – Team Shredded Wheat Racing – Ford Focus ST – 48.687
18. Dave Newsham – BTC Norlin Racing – Chevrolet Cruze – 48.722
19. Matt Simpson – Simpson Racing – Honda Civic Type R – 48.750
20. Jake Hill – TAG Racing – Volkswagen CC – 48.752
21. Josh Cook –Maximum Motorsport – Ford Focus ST – 48.848
22. Will Burns – Autoaid/RCIB Insurance Racing – Volkswagen CC – 48.876
23. Chris Smiley – BTC Norlin Racing – Chevrolet Cruze – 48.882
24. Stephen Jelley – Team Parker Racing – Ford Focus ST – 48.897
25. Luke Davenport – Team Shredded Wheat Racing – Ford Focus ST – 48.977
26. Ant Whorton-Eales – AmD Tuning – Audi S3 Saloon – 49.005
27. Martin Depper – Team Shredded Wheat Racing – Ford Focus ST – 49.026
28. Ashley Sutton – Adrian Flux Subaru Racing – Subaru Levorg GT – 49.046
29. James Cole – Adrian Flux Subaru Racing – Subaru Levorg GT – 49.230
30. Ollie Jackson – AmD Tuning – Audi S3 Saloon- 49.255
31. Jason Plato – Adrian Flux Subaru Racing – Subaru Levorg GT – 49.448
32. Josh Price – Team BMR Racing Academy – Subaru Levorg GT- 50.435
Feature image credit: Caroline Rhea

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