Hyundai Ingram leads training with lap record

Ingram beat his Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 N around Leicestershire Stadium at 1m08.792s during the early morning 40-minute session.

This was just below the qualifying lap record despite the cars’ base weight increase of 70kg due to the implementation of the new hybrid systems, and it put him ahead of times by 0.368sec.

Ingram also set 1m09.154s that were faster than anyone else could best manage, which was Dan Cammish’s returning BTCC 1m09.160s on the wheel of a Motorbase Performance Ford Focus.

“The car felt really cool,” Ingram smiled about his FP1 racing efforts. “It was nice to get out of the car and say, ‘What do we need to improve?'” ‘, and, ‘Well, that’s not much. “

“The balance has been great, but there’s more to come and I expect to see lap times in the mid-1m08s in qualifying.”

Ingram went on to change the setting in session two, where he was sixth: “We just wanted to try something we wanted to try for a while and have a chance to beat it, but we’re back to what we had in the playoffs.”

Cammish led defending champion Ash Sutton in match 2-3 for NAPA’s Motorbase Fords in the first session; Sutton later went faster in the lunch period, but with a lap of 0.007sec slower than he had in the morning.

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The leading BMW 330e M Sport was the Ciceley Motorsport owned by Adam Morgan, who finished fourth in the morning.

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The second session runner-up, boosting him to fifth on aggregate in 80 minutes of free practice, was a fine effort by Ricky Collard, who is embarking on his first full season with the Toyota Corolla managed by Speedworks Motorsport.

Then there were two other drivers who set their best times in the opening period – Dan Lloyd with second Excelr8 Hyundais, and Jake Hill in the best BMWs run by West Surrey Racing.

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Gordon Shedden finished third on the second lap with his Dynamics Honda Civic Type R, ahead of WSR BMWs of Colin Turkington and Stephen Jelley, and this trio finished in the top ten overall.

George Gamble was comfortable in the top ten early, in seventh, for his BTCC debut in a Ciceley BMW, but fell out overall thanks to these late improvers.

Free practice was a disaster for Josh Cook with BTC Racing Honda – he stopped lap in FP1 due to installation issues from an overnight engine change, then hit the tire stack in chicane while avoiding another car, causing damage to the Civic.

The team repaired the car for FP2, with Cook failing to complete a flying tour.

His teammate Jade Edwards caused the second red flags to appear in FP2 thanks to the exit at Redgate.

BTCC Donington Park – FP2 Results

BTCC Donington Park – FP1 results

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