KNOCKHILL RECAP: ROUND 15
TOM INGRAM PRODUCES PERFECT PASS TO TAKE VICTORY AT KNOCKHILL
Next up in the Knockhill recap, we’re looking at race three from the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship’s recent trip to Scotland…
Ginsters EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com’s Tom Ingram produced one of the moves of the campaign so far on his way to claiming a vital victory in the Knockhill finale.
From fourth on the grid, Ingram gradually made his way by BTC Racing’s Senna Proctor and Adrian Flux with Power Maxed Racing’s Jason Plato, but saved his best until last as he approached pole-sitter Stephen Jelley.
Team BMW’s Jelley defended valiantly for much of the contest but Ingram eventually sliced his #80 machine down the inside of the race leader at the final hairpin.
Ingram charged on to take the win, closing the gap to standings leader Ash Sutton in the process.
“That was our master plan!” said Ingram. “We had the conversation before that first race, what we did at Knockhill was what we tried to do at Oulton Park. It went a bit better in Scotland and I’m just so happy, so, so happy!
“It’s so nice to do it around a circuit like this as well, where the adrenaline’s pumping, everything feels alive, you come in shaking, it’s just a hell of an experience to be able to drive. And so nice to be able to do it in front of fans here at Knockhill – it’s just awesome!
“I’d read him a couple of laps previous, and I could see that I was a little bit better onto the brakes in the final hairpin, and I probably had a chance to do it three or four times. But I thought I’d only get one chance to do this so the lap previous I just looked to see what he did. I didn’t move too much, I just looked to see if he defended it then opened it up, and he did. I didn’t need a second invitation.
“We had a couple of technical gremlins, there were alarms coming up on the dashboard saying low fuel pressure, high fuel pressure – something’s got into the mix that shouldn’t be in there! I contemplated doing a full master off and master on again under the safety car, but I’m glad I didn’t.”
BTC Racing’s Senna Proctor was definitely one of the drivers of the day at the undulating Fife circuit and he also got the better of Jelley as part of the aforementioned move and went on to take his second podium from three races.
Jelley hung onto third amidst huge pressure from multiple champions Gordon Shedden (Halfords Racing with Cataclean) and Ash Sutton (Laser Tools Racing).
Chris Smiley (Ginsters EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com) and Aiden Moffat (Laser Tools Racing) showed pace throughout the event and ended the weekend in sixth and seventh respectively.
Team BMW’s Colin Turkington and Plato endured bruising encounters with the tin-top legends both muscled down to eighth and ninth, whilst the recovering Dan Rowbottom completed the top ten for Halfords Racing with Cataclean.
Check out the final ITV Race in 60 seconds highlights clip from Knockhill below now, and don’t forget to tune in to ITV4 on Sunday (29 August) from 1110 to catch all the action from Thruxton!