Ingram keeps the BTCC title fight alive at Silverstone

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Colin Turkington maintained his British Touring Car Championship lead by 36 points, but Tom Ingram carried on pushing with two podiums including a win today.

Race 1

Rounds 25,26 and 27 were held at Silverstone with Motorbase Performance driver Sam Tordoff taking pole for the first race of the day. Colin Turkington of Team BMW started way down in 18th with 75kg of ballast on board, so getting into the points was the aim for the championship leader.

Turkington did exactly what he set out to do and managed to gain ten places and extend his championship lead to 50 points. At the front, Tordoff made a decent start from pole, but Ricky Collard in the rear wheel drive BMW made a very good getaway but got forced wide into turn one and therefore dropped to 5th. Lap two saw HMS Racing driver Rob Austin take a spin and collect Matt Neal who was forced to retire from the race due to the collision.

Deeper into the race saw some close racing and Josh Cook into the gravel. This resulted in the safety car being deployed and the race neutralised. The race was then extended to 25 laps and the racing got back underway on lap seven, with Tordoff making a fantastic restart and pulling away from teammate Tom Chilton.

Mike Bushell managed to take advantage of the restart and made his way into the top ten and ended up finishing 7th.  Also, on the same lap, Ricky Collard moves into 3rd down the straight after lining up the move through Becketts.

As the race went on, the battle at the front began to heat up, with Chilton closing in on his teammate, and with no team orders in place, it was to be a close fought battle.

Onto lap 13 and Andrew Jordan had an abrupt end to his race with a power loss issue which forced him back to the garage and lose points to his championship rivals. Further down the pack, James Cole and Subaru driver Ash Sutton collided, with Sutton’s teammate Jason Plato’s bonnet opening mid-race forcing him to retire.

Towards the end of the race, the Two Motorbase drivers at the front were very close but maintained a good pace to bring home the One-Two.

With Colin Turkington having such a good race this allowed him to pull a 50 point advantage over his closest rival in the championship, Tom Ingram.



Race 2

Race two of three at Silverstone saw the two Motorbase drivers on the front row. Tordoff managed to keep the lead from his teammate on the opening lap with championship leader Colin Turkington having another good start and gained a few places.

Lap three saw Tom Ingram get up to 8th by passing two drivers into one corner and he set about catching those in front of him. This would be made easier, due to him running the softer tyre and having no ballast to contend with.

As the race progressed, Tom Ingram is slowly carving his way through the pack, meanwhile race leader Sam Tordoff manages his ballast very well, however he is being caught rapidly by the chasing drivers of Adam Morgan and Tom Ingram who has made his way up to 2nd from 14th in the mid-pack.

Halfords Yuasa Racing driver, Matt Neal made contact with Ollie Jackson while fighting for position, but they were still both able to finish the race in a respectable position.

Meanwhile, Adam Morgan took 2nd place from Sam Tordoff and held onto the place until the end of the race.

Onto lap ten and Tom Ingram made a wonderful pass around the outside into Brooklands to take the lead, which he held onto until the chequered flag to take the win and close the gap at the top of the championship down to 36 points after Turkington finished 8th on the hard tyre.

Top three

1st Ingram

2nd Morgan

3rd Tordoff

Race 3

Tom Ingram and Colin Turkington lined up alongside each other, due to Aiden Moffat being promoted to pole, so tensions were high going into the final race of the day.

Moffat made a great getaway, unlike Jack Goff who lined up alongside him. Goff made a jump start and received a drive-through penalty, which basically put his race to an end.

Moffat began to take charge of the final race of the day, with Turkington and Ingram slowly making their way through the field. By lap seven came around Ingram was up to 2nd and Turkington close behind in 4th, both hungry for the win.

However, on lap nine the safety car was deployed for the 2nd time today, due to Ollie Pidgley putting his car into the gravel at Woodcote corner. This extended the race a further three laps, which meant a further three laps of hard defending for Moffat in the lead.

The safety car pulled back into the puts on lap 13 and Tom Ingram set about making the top step of the podium his. However, Aiden Moffat held off a train of six cars to keep the lead and become the 16th different driver to win a race in this exhilarating season of BTCC.

This means the championship fight runs into the final round at Brands Hatch, with Turkington having a 34 point advantage over Tom Ingram who had a brilliant end to the day coming home in 2nd, just ahead of his championship rival in 3rd.

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