TOM INGRAM GRABS EARLY CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD

Tom Ingram will head to Donington Park at the top of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship standings following a frenetic opening weekend of the season at Brands Hatch.

Following months of anticipation, the series roared into life at the Kent circuit with changeable conditions greeting all 32 drivers on race day, remaining throughout.

Scoring what turned out to be a dominant victory in race three, the Speedworks Motorsport driver will arrive at the second event of the season with a three-point lead after chalking up 40 points across rounds one, two and three.

Taking pole position and a lights-to-flag victory in race one, Jack Goff sits second in the standings after adding a further two points finishes to his earlier silverware haul. Goff had been on course to make it back-to-back wins in race two before those on slick tyres came to the fore, demoting the front runners who had opted to run wets.

Adam Morgan’s penultimate lap move for second place in race three saw him add to his points tally, securing third in the points whilst Rob Austin, another race three podium finisher, is fourth in the points.

Having entered the weekend expecting to struggle, reigning champion Ashley Sutton produced a strong trio of results to finish the weekend in fifth. Seventh, 12th and fourth across the respective three races left the Subaru Levorg driver firmly in the hunt and in a stronger position than he was at the start of last year.

Despite his car failing to get going at the start of race two, Colin Turkington resides sixth in the points, two points ahead of Senna Proctor. The Power Maxed Racing enjoyed a day he is unlikely to forget in a long time as he stormed to his maiden BTCC victory in race two.

Taking a gamble on dry tyres, the Vauxhall Astra driver scythed his way through the field, narrowly taking the chequered flag ahead of Jake Hill.

Rounding out the top ten in the overall points standings after the opening three rounds is Ollie Jackson, Rory Butcher and Mike Bushell.

In the BTCC Manufacturer/Constructors Championship, BMW hold a slender two point lead over Subaru whilst WIX Racing with Eurotech sit at the helm of the BTCC Teams Championship.

Reigning Indie champions Ingram and Speedworks have picked up where they left off last in the both categories, leading the way at this early stage.

Finally, Halfords Yuasa Racing’s Dan Cammish picked up his first BTCC trophy after finishing the weekend as the Jack Sears Trophy winner – which is this year open to drivers who are yet to score a podium finish.

For the full championship classifications, click here.

PHOTO CREDIT: Matt Sayle Photography

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