Tom Ingram braves it out to take pole at Thruxton

8th June 2024

Team BRISTOL STREET MOTORS' Tom Ingram bounced back from a challenging weekend at Snetterton last time out to claim pole position for Round 10 of the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship at Thruxton earlier today (8 June).

The fastest circuit in the country is always one for the brave with pole position bringing extra bragging rights, as Ingram turned what will be one of the quickest laps this season.

Sporting the #100 on his Hyundai i30N for the first time – in celebration of BRISTOL STREET MOTORS' centenary – the 2022 champion produced the high-speed spectacular to become the first driver this season to claim two pole positions.

NAPA Racing UK's Dan Cammish will line up on the front row, despite having felt poorly for much of the week, as the Ford Focus driver made dramatic improvements on-track throughout the day.

Jake Hill provided huge entertainment for the banks of fans as he pushed his Laser Tools Racing with MB Motorsport machine to the absolute limits. Some drifting and heavy braking featured during his final stint, but it was still enough to grab third on the grid – a good follow up from his double victory at Snetterton.

The NAPA Racing UK duo of Dan Rowbottom and Ash Sutton were next in the order, although both drivers experienced different qualifying sessions. Rowbottom showed fantastic pace and looked to be a contender for pole, whilst Sutton had to sneak his way through both the first and second segments of qualifying, having to contend with the minimal hybrid deployment that his championship leading position bestows.

Team BRISTOL STREET MOTORS' Tom Chilton again showed his competitiveness in 2024 by making it into the qualifying 'Quick Six' session, the Surrey driver will line-up sixth for tomorrow's opener.

Adam Morgan (Team BMW), Josh Cook (LKQ Euro Car Parts with SYNETIQ), Andrew Watson (TOYOTA GAZOO Racing UK) and Colin Turkington (Team BMW) completed the top ten positions.

Rob Huff (TOYOTA GAZOO Racing UK) and Aiden Moffat (LKQ Euro Car Parts with SYNETIQ) were arguably the most notable drivers that failed to progress from part 1 of qualifying.

One driver that made it through, but not without drama, was Evans Halshaw Power Maxed Racing’s Árón Taylor-Smith.

The Irishman had already set a good enough benchmark to progress, but fired off his Vauxhall Astra at Noble on a following flier, which sent his #40 machine spiralling towards the barrier at high speed.

Taylor-Smith was able to crawl back to the pitlane with broken suspension and incredibly his team repaired the car for the second segment. The current Independent standings leader eventually had to settle for 12th behind team-mate Mikey Doble.

Rounds 10, 11 and 12 of the 2024 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship will take place at Thruxton tomorrow. The action will be broadcast live in the UK on ITV4 from 1100 with every race also being beamed around the world via the ITV Sport TikTok channel.

Tom Ingram, Team BRISTOL STREET MOTORS, said: "Really pleased. The car has been fantastic today, we've worked hard at it, but I felt confident coming into the race weekend. It's felt alive right from the get-go and everyone in the team has done a fantastic job, even better to celebrate 100 years of BRISTOL STREET MOTORS and also my 100th race with EXCELR8 this weekend.

"This is the biggest qualifying day of the year. This place is tough, we are all so on the edge. It's a really unique challenge to unlock this place. It's a circuit I've always really enjoyed but it's a circuit where you need everything to align. It's a great result but now we've got to maximise the points score tomorrow."

Thruxton - Qualifying - Classification

Qualifying - Part 1 - Group 1
127Dan CAMMISHNAPA Racing UK71:16.2165
2100Tom INGRAMTeam BRISTOL STREET MOTORS61:16.3840.1685
366Josh COOKLKQ Euro Car Parts with SYNETIQ61:16.6840.4684
433Adam MORGANTeam BMW71:16.8270.6115
51Ashley SUTTONNAPA Racing UK61:16.8850.6696
611Andrew WATSONTOYOTA GAZOO Racing UK61:16.8960.685
712Rob HUFFTOYOTA GAZOO Racing UK61:16.9790.7634
8222Chris SMILEYRestart Racing61:18.0171.8016
929Scott SUMPTONRestart Racing61:18.9972.7814
Qualifying - Part 1 - Group 2
132Daniel ROWBOTTOMNAPA Racing UK61:15.9085
324Jake HILLLaser Tools Racing with MB Motorsport71:16.3030.3953
440Árón TAYLOR-SMITHEvans Halshaw Power Maxed Racing51:16.4110.5034
588Mikey DOBLEEvans Halshaw Power Maxed Racing61:16.7450.8373
620Colin TURKINGTONTeam BMW71:16.8330.9255
716Aiden MOFFATLKQ Euro Car Parts with SYNETIQ61:17.2781.374
877Sam OSBORNENAPA Racing UK71:17.4701.5624
918Daryl DELEONDuckhams Racing With Bartercard61:17.7331.8256
1022Nick HALSTEADTeam BRISTOL STREET MOTORS61:19.1293.2216
Qualifying - Part 2
132Daniel ROWBOTTOMNAPA Racing UK61:15.3883
2100Tom INGRAMTeam BRISTOL STREET MOTORS61:15.6140.2264
324Jake HILLLaser Tools Racing with MB Motorsport61:15.7990.4113
527Dan CAMMISHNAPA Racing UK71:16.0120.6244
61Ashley SUTTONNAPA Racing UK71:16.1580.773
733Adam MORGANTeam BMW71:16.1670.7797
866Josh COOKLKQ Euro Car Parts with SYNETIQ51:16.1720.7844
911Andrew WATSONTOYOTA GAZOO Racing UK61:16.3961.0084
1020Colin TURKINGTONTeam BMW71:16.4761.0886
1188Mikey DOBLEEvans Halshaw Power Maxed Racing61:16.5131.1253
1240Árón TAYLOR-SMITHEvans Halshaw Power Maxed Racing31:16.6291.2412
Qualifying - Quick Six
227Dan CAMMISHNAPA Racing UK61:15.6440.2653
324Jake HILLLaser Tools Racing with MB Motorsport61:15.6680.2893
432Daniel ROWBOTTOMNAPA Racing UK71:15.6780.2993
51Ashley SUTTONNAPA Racing UK71:15.8220.4433

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