Ingram takes thrilling BTCC pole at Snetterton

Tom Ingram has taken pole position for the British Touring Car Championship round at Snetterton after a thrilling qualifying session.

Dan Cammish had been sat in provisional pole position having set a new lap record in his Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda, but Ingram pipped him to the top spot by just 0.002s.

Pole-sitter Ingram said: “It’s fantastic and I’m so pleased. We’ve been quietly going about trying to understand everything about the car just nibbling away.”

“We’ve found some amazing things at the tyre test and ticked a lot of things off that we wanted to try.”

“It’s great to get the Corolla’s first pole and the first on Team Toyota GB’s BTCC return. It’s always close here and I’m really looking forward to tomorrow.”

Sam Tordoff ended up in third, 0.286s behind the leading pair with the Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus of Tom Chilton taking fourth position.

Championship leader Colin Turkington could only do enough for the fifth fastest time and he ended up ahead of Jason Plato in sixth with the Power Maxed driver admitting after qualifying that he had extracted the maximum out of his car.

Andrew Jordan ended up seventh fastest, 0.631s slower than the pole time while Matt Neal was just behind in eighth.

Adam Morgan and Rob Collard rounded out the top ten with Morgan having his best qualifying session of the year so far.

A number of drivers had a tough qualifying session with Rory Butcher ending up 11th, Ash Sutton in 18th and Josh cook in 19th while Team BMW driver Tom Oliphant could only set the 20th fastest time.