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Ingram grabs first BTCC pole for new Toyota Corolla

Saturday, August 03 2019

Tom Ingram claimed Toyota's first Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship pole position since the manufacturer returned the championship with an official factory effort at the start of this season at Snetterton this afternoon (Saturday).

The Team Toyota GB with Ginsters driver guided the latest Corolla BTCC machine around the 2.97-mile Snetterton 300 circuit in 1m54.737s to edge out Dan Cammish by just two-thousandths-of-a-second in a thrilling qualifying half hour at the Norfolk venue.

Practice pace-setter Cammish led the early stages in his Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R, and became the first man this weekend to dip below the 1m55s barrier with an effort, before the session was brought to an abrupt halt by a red flag. The interuption was caused by the stricken BMW 125i M Sport of Stephen Jelley which failed to set a lap-time.

Following the resumption, Ingram surged to the top with just over 10 minutes remaining to go. Cammish attempted to retaliate but was forced to settle for second after his best effort fell just the tiniest fraction of a second shy of the Toyota man's effort. 

Behind the leading duo, Sam Tordoff was third quickest in his Cobra Sport AmD machine, the slightly older shape Honda Civic Type R, with Tom Chilton fourth in his Ford Focus RS as he continues to display the promising pace which saw him top the recent in-season tyre test.

Reigning champion and series leader Colin Turkington continued his impressive pace and consistency this season with fifth place in the stunning Team BMW 330i M Sport.

A trio of big name drivers trailed Turkington in the qualifying order with Jason Plato sixth in his Vauxhall Astra, Andrew Jordan seventh in the second BMW 3 Series, and Matt Neal eighth in his works Honda.

Adam Morgan and Rob Collard completed the top-ten ahead of tomorrow's three BTCC races on the full 300 circuit. 

Result
1, T Ingram, Team Toyota GB with Ginsters, Toyota Corolla, 1m54.737s
2, D Cammish, Halfords Yuasa Racing, Honda Civic Type R, +0.002s
3, S Tordoff, Cobra Sport AmD, Honda Civic Type R, +0.285s
4, T Chilton, Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher, Ford Focus RS, +0.447s
5, C Turkington, Team BMW, BMW 330i M Sport, +0.593s
6, J Plato, Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing, Vauxhall Astra, +0.626s
7, A Jordan, BMW Pirtek Racing, BMW 330i M Sport, +0.631s
8, M Neal, Halfords Yuasa Racing, Honda Civic Type R, +0.706s
9, A Morgan, Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport, Mercedes-Benz A-Class, +0.926s
10, R Collard, Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing, Vauxhall Astra, +0.975s
11, R Butcher, Cobra Sport AmD, Honda Civic Type R, +0.986s
12, O Jackson, Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher, Ford Focus RS, +0.989s
13, C Smiley, BTC Racing, Honda Civic Type R, +0.990s
14, J Hill, TradePriceCars.com, Audi S3, +1.003s
15, M Simpson, Simpson Racing, Honda Civic Type R, +1.092s
16, B Thompson, GKR Scaffolding, Volkswagen CC, +1.121s
17, D Rowbottom, Cataclean Racing with Ciceley Motorsport, Mercedes-Benz A-Class, +1.223s
18, A Sutton, Adrian Flux Subaru Racing, Subaru Levorg, +1.249s
19, J Cook, BTC Racing, Honda Civic Type R, +1.253s
20, T Oliphant, Team BMW, BMW 330i M Sport, +1.253s
21, J Goff, RCIB Insurance, Volkswagen CC, +1.793s
22, N Hamilton, ROKiT Racing with Motorbase, +1.920s
23, S Proctor, Adrian Flux Subaru Racing, Subaru Levorg, +1.949s
24, C Boardley, RCIB Insurance, Volkswagen CC, +2.379s
25, M Crees, GKR Scaffolding, Volkswagen CC, +2.477s
26, M Blundell, TradePriceCars.com, Audi S3, +2.611s
27, R Smith, Excelr8 Motorsport, MG6, +2.663s
28, S Osborne, Excelr8 Motorsport, MG6, +3.075s
29, A Moffat, Laser Tools Racing, Infiniti Q50, +3.408s
30, S Jelley, Team Parker Racing, BMW 125i M Sport, no time

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