Tom Ingram took the victory in the final race of the weekend at Knockhill for the British Touring Car Championship. The Independent driver took victory after starting from third on the grid.
As the lights went out AmDtuning.com with Cobra Exhausts’s Ant Whorton-Eales got an okay start with Ingram overtaking Butcher to take second. Both Ingram and Whorton-Eales were sporting damage on their cars on the second lap of the race before the latter shuffled down the order due to the damage sustained. This leaving Ingram to take on the lead of the race.
Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo’s Rory Butcher and Halfords Yuasa Racing’s Gordon Shedden were having their own little family battle for a few laps of the race before Shedden’s experience in the BTCC showed when he managed to pass his brother-in-law to take third on lap five.
Team BMW’s Rob Collard got a great drive out of the Hairpin on lap six to relieve Butcher of fourth place. Shedden made it look easy when he passed BTC Norlin Racing’s Dave Newsham to take second place.
Team BMW’s Colin Turkington was next to pass Butcher to take fifth place. On lap ten the order was; Ingram, Shedden, Newsham, Collard, Turkington, Butcher, Cole, Plato, Sutton, M Jackson.
The fight for second place began heating up after Shedden and Collard had passed Newsham. Collard eventually passed Shedden with Turkington then chasing down Shedden. The latter was having none of the battle as he repassed Collard.
AmDtuning.com’s Ollie Jackson’s Audi appeared to be stranded just down from the pit entrance which meant that the officials put the safety car out to allow the car to be recovered. By the time the safety car was on track Jackson had managed to limp the car back into the pit lane.
A few laps later Will Burns’ Volkswagen CC speared off into the barriers at the Hairpin, due to the location of the car and the heavy impact the safety car was deployed to allow medics to Burns and recovery to collect the car. Burns appeared to be a little winded from the impact but other than that he seemed to be okay.
Ingram got a good restart for the two lap sprint to the line, Collard ran wide and out of fourth. The BMW driver was shuffled down the order whilst the Subaru’s battled for fourth place.
Race Three Classification:
1) Tom Ingram – Speedworks Motorsport
2) Gordon Shedden – Halfords Yuasa Racing
3) Colin Turkington – Team BMW
4) Ashley Sutton – Adrian Flux Subaru Racing
5) James Cole – Adrian Flux Subaru Racing
6) Jason Plato – Adrian Flux Subaru Racing
7) Mat Jackson – Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo
8) Matt Neal – Halfords Yuasa Racing
9) Rory Butcher – Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo
10) Dave Newsham – BTC Norlin Racing
11) Rob Collard – Team BMW
12) Martin Depper – Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo
13) Andrew Jordan – BMW Pirtek Racing
14) Matt Simpson – Simpson Racing
15) Aiden Moffat – Laser Tools Racing
16) Jack Goff – Eurotech Racing
17) Adam Morgan – Ciceley Motorsport
18) Tom Chilton – Power Maxed Racing
19) Brett Smith – Eurotech Racing
20) Rob Austin – Handy Motorsport
21) Stephen Jelley – Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport
22) Jake Hill – TAG Racing
23) Michael Epps – Autoaid/RCIB Insurance Racing
24) Aron Taylor-Smith – MG Racing RCIB Insurance
25) Senna Proctor – Power Maxed Racing
26) Chris Smiley – BTC Norlin Racing
27) Ant Whorton-Eales – AmDtuning.com with Cobra Exhausts
28) Stewart Lines – Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport
29) Josh Cook – MG Racing RCIB Insurance
DNF – Will Burns – Autoaid/RCIB Insurance Racing
DNF – Ollie Jackson – AmDtuning.com with Cobra Exhausts
DNF – Josh Price – A-Plan Academy
Photo Credit : Jakob Ebrey Photography
© Fay Tilley 13th August 2017