Tom Ingram has claimed a maiden victory within the Hyundai i30 N Fastback and for EXCELR8 Commerce Worth Vehicles.com as a staff in solely his second weekend in a brand new automotive after his lengthy partnership with Speedworks Motorsport got here to an finish to start the 2021 BTCC season.
Ingram takes a second, fourth and a win from the weekend at Snetterton and sits second within the Drivers’ Standings leaving the Norfolk circuit after ending forward of Ash Sutton – who regardless of carrying full success ballast nonetheless surged into the rostrum spots and the lead within the championship.
Finalising the rostrum was Gordon Shedden who battled with the reigning champion all through the race however couldn’t seal a transfer which might have seen a tussle between Ingram and the a number of champion.
It was Josh Cook dinner and Stephen Jelley – the pole sitter to start the race who spherical out the highest 5 and Ingram provides to victories over the course of the weekend for fellow title rivals in Sutton and Colin Turkington. The battle strikes to Manufacturers Hatch and it’s hotting up already after Rounds 4, 5 and Six.
Off the road, Jelley received an excellent begin to lead the pack with Oliphant monitoring him. Butcher didn’t get an important begin although from third with Jackson in fourth and the Corolla all the way down to fifth.
On Lap 1, Boardley spun off observe however no security automotive was wanted. It was nervy although for Jelley to start Lap Two as he needed to defend from Oliphant after he broke late on the primary nook however pulled again into the lead.
However there was huge dramas as Oliphant went off observe after an incident with Ollie Jackson and this despatched him down the order with Ingram behind him in second. S
Sutton although was in third although albeit with the total quota of success ballast as he aimed to benefit from any mistake from Jelley who wasn’t dashing away from the pack permitting Butcher, Turkington and Shedden to hitch the pack with the latter specifically selecting off locations.
For Shedden, he took fifth place from the 66kg Turkington and he began to look ominous as he subsequent had his brother in legislation, Butcher in his sights in fourth. Cook dinner with out weight and on the smooth tyres had the quickest lap and was in 7th as he seemed for some solace from a poor weekend.
Ingram although to start Lap 5 abruptly took the lead from Jelley and Shedden was trying to pounce alongside Butcher as they aimed to get previous Sutton into third however he made the Infiniti Q50 tremendous extensive and held him off.
This performed into the arms of Ingram who was getting up the street and away from Jelley and the chasing pack. Sutton stayed tagged to the again of Jelley with Shedden nonetheless unable to get previous the defending champion.
The previous received into second previous Jelley on Flip One on Lap 9/12 and Shedden wasn’t in a position to surge by means of initially and gave Jelley a faucet consequently however took the place as he renewed his battle with Sutton albeit with each on the rostrum. This additionally noticed Cook dinner achieve the place of Jelley who went down into fifth.
With the ultimate lap began, Ingram surged in the direction of the chequered flag and EXCELR8’s first win whereas Sutton was nonetheless coping with Shedden efficiently in second and third which is the way it completed with Cook dinner and Jelley finishing the highest 5.
Outcomes to observe.