BTCC Donington Park Race Two: Unstoppable Ingram leaps to victory


October 10, 2021

by Stuart Richards

Tom Ingram has taken victory in the second Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship race of the day at Donington Park after scything his way through the field from eleventh on the grid with no ballast.

Pole sitter Gordon Shedden made another great start but he had already dropped to second through the Craner Curves as Rory Butcher made his way through. However, Shedden made his way back through a lap later to return to the head of the field.

However, Ingram had jumped a large number of places from eleventh as the ballast free Hyundai showed its customary speed with no handicap. Working his way into second with twelve laps to go, time was on the EXCELR8 drivers' side and with no drama he pulled alongside Shedden with a quarter of the race still to go and cleanly made his way past.

Shedden finished second ahead of Butcher in third and Ashley Sutton in fourth who must be the most relieved driver in the field when in the early stages of the race he was uncharacteristically anonymous.

Colin Turkington had been doing his championship hopes a world of good as he began to work his way towards the podium places. Whilst victory would have been a tough task, third was definitely on the cards. However, whilst trailing Butcher with four laps to go, Turkington clipped the inside curb through the Old Hairpin and spun his Team BMW 330i M Sport and therefore down the order. The Northern Irishman eventually finished eleventh.

Fifth went to Daniel Lloyd who continues to impress in the second half of the season, sixth and seventh went to the BTC Racing duo of Senna Proctor and Josh Cook.

Jake Hill did his chances of reverse grid pole no harm at all with ninth, Daniel Rowbottom takes tenth and subject to confirmation, the Jack Sears Trophy with it.

Outside of the top ten, Ollie Jackson's superb start to the race eventually fizzled out towards a 14th place finish, Jason Plato fell to 18th and Jack Goff took the final points scoring position in 15th.

UPDATE: Post race, Tom Ingram was hit by a one second time penalty for a "push to pass" incident on Gordon Shedden. Therefore Shedden takes his second win of the day and Ingram drops down to second.

Image Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography

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