Photo: PSP Images

Tom Ingram charges to Thruxton pole position

Tom Ingram produced a superlative late lap in Thruxton qualifying to clinch his second pole position of the 2024 British Touring Car Championship season.

After topping the times in the day’s earlier practice session, the EXCLER8 Motorsport driver punched in an unbeatable time in the latter stages to claim top spot ahead of Dan Cammish and Jake Hill.

Having comfortably progressed through the first two portions of qualifying, Ingram continued his front-running form by hustling his Hyundai i30 N to a best time of 1:15.379.

Behind, Cammish managed to get to within two tenths of a second of the former champion while Hill made it three different cars inside the top three by finishing a further hundreth back.

Alliance Racing’s Dan Rowbottom had at one point looked on course to be the man to beat for pole position but he ultimately settled for fourth, while his Ford stablemate and the reigning champion, Ash Sutton, completed the top five.

Tom Chilton was sixth with Adam Morgan seventh, Josh Cook eighth, Andrew Watson ninth and Colin Turkington tenth.

Early casualties in the session included Rob Huff and Aiden Moffat – who both departed in the opening segment – while Ronan Pearson didn’t even leave the garage due to a throttle issue. Aron Taylor-Smith also ran into trouble as he suffered a high-speed accident exiting Noble, which left his team with plenty of work to do.