Tom Ingram happy with front row start despite missing out on pole by narrow margin

Tom Ingram says he is happy to have set the second fastest time in qualifying at Silverstone, despite missing out on 0.001 to Jack Goff.

The Speedworks Motorsport driver put on a late charge in the session to elevate himself towards the top of the times but was ultimately unable to find the small margin that would have bumped him up a spot.

Taking the positives from the session, the Toyota Avensis driver has his tail in the air as he bids to extend his Independent Drivers’ championship lead.

“I’m happy with that,” Ingram told BTCC Crazy after qualifying. “We knew that the Toyota was going to be strong. Saloon cars have always gone well here and that is proven with quite a few of them at the sharp end.

“To be 0.001 is such a small margin to lose out by but I can’t be too disappointed. Jack won’t be sleeping too well this evening though as he knows that we are all so close and it won’t be easy for him.

“We can take a load of positives into tomorrow. We’ve done a lot of work this year on making the tyre last so that should help us. Middle of the road and ballast and sensible people around us sets us up for a strong race day; three points finishes are paramount but obviously we will take more wins.”

With it all to play for in the opening encounter of the weekend, the three-time 2017 race winner is predicting a race that could resemble something seen in Moto 3.

He said: “I can see it being a bit like a Moto 3 race. The front few will get away and then scrap amongst themselves. I think we could see moves being pulled from third to first and plenty of positions being swapped.

“It will make for some great racing.”

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