Ingram tops afternoon BTCC test session

Tom Ingram topped the afternoon session of the British Touring Car Championship pre-season test at Silverstone on Tuesday.

Jake Hill was fastest in the morning, but Ingram managed to improve from third in the morning to go fastest, having set a best time of 1m06.171s to top the timesheet in the afternoon.

Although unable to remain on the top spot, MB Motorsport driver Hill continued his impressive form from the morning session to go second fastest, just 0.051s down on Ingram’s best effort.

Dan Cammish ended the afternoon third fastest, while Rory Butcher was fourth in his Motorbase Ford Focus, having had a best effort of 1m06.612s.

BMW driver Colin Turkington had a productive afternoon to go sixth fastest, 0.073s slower than Butcher, while the Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai of Senna Proctor was seventh after setting a best time of 1m06.780s.

Andrew Jordan was a further 0.60s behind Proctor in eighth, while Matt Neal, who was driving after having recently recovered from a mountain bike accident, improved from the morning session to finish the afternoon in eighth place.

Laser Tools Racing driver Ash Sutton broke in to the top ten in the afternoon, setting a best time of 1m06.968 to go ninth, ahead of the second Hyundai of Chris Smiley who was just 0.029s further back.

The BMW of Tom Oliphant finished the afternoon in 11th, ahead of BTC Racing’s Michael Crees and Motorbase Performance’s Ollie Jackson.

The season launch BTCC test will be the last time the drivers will have any on-track action for sometime, with the series organisers announcing on Tuesday that the first three events have ben postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.