BTCC: Ingram secures pole position after rain-hit qualifying

Tom Ingram will start race one of the BTCC from pole position after a chaotic qualifying session, with championship leader Colin Turkington starting eighth.

In the final qualifying session of the year, it’s championship contender Ingram who prevailed in treacherous conditions and will start from first in race one tomorrow.

The qualifying session saw three red-flags deployed with the cars struggling to stay on track, with the final red-flag ending the session entirely.

In a very close session, the top five drivers were separated by less than two tenths of a second.

Ingram set a lap-time of 54.950s, with Motorbase Performance driver Rory Butcher sitting in second just 0.024s behind.

Ashley Sutton will start in third place tomorrow, after setting a time of 54.984s, and will hope to keep the close championship battle alive with Turkington.

Dan Cammish finished the session in fourth place with a 55.033s lap time, but seemed to be struggling to get to grips with the wet conditions, spinning off at Clearways twice and almost ending his session early.

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Ollie Jackson ended the session in fifth, setting a lap-time of 55.139s, ahead of Jake Hill who will start race one in sixth.

In seventh place, Matt Neal set a lap time of 55.279s in the Halfords Yuasa Racing car.

Crucially, championship leader Turkington will start race one in eighth place, with a time of 55.381s, the Team BMW driver will need a good start tomorrow, with just nine points separating him and Sutton.

It was an impressive qualifying performance from Paul Rivett, who set a 55.404s time to put his Trade Price Cars Racing car in ninth place, in only his second BTCC outing.

Josh Cook rounds off the top-10 with a lap-time of 55.449s.

BTCC debutant Brad Philpot ended the session in 25th place, setting a 56.516s lap-time, just 1.566s off Ingram in what was a tricky first qualifying session to contend with.

With rain forecast in the morning tomorrow, it could be similar track conditions to today, setting it up to be an intriguing final day of racing for the 2020 season.