Tom Ingram was left pleased with his pace in opening BTCC practice after leaving it late to storm to the top of the times on a drying Knockhill track.
Damp conditions were present for a majority of the 40-minute session, but as drivers began switching over to slick tyres, times tumbled.
Lapping the 1.27 mile Fife circuit in a best time of 53.625, the Toyota Avensis driver headed Jack Goff and Mat Jackson.
“We timed it right,” admitted Ingram as he reflected on the session to BTCC Crazy. “I was one of the first to cross over to slicks from wets and it worked out well. Of course the lap had to put it together and a lot of credit has to go to Geoff [Kingston, Ingram’s engineer] as he made the call at the right time.
“That won’t be the result in qualifying though as the times are going to get a lot closer, especially when you look at the forecast and it is looking like it will stay dry.
“It is a good start and a confidence boost. I’m confident that we can be in the mix at the sharp end of the grid in qualifying. We put it on the front row last year and given that we have made a few changes to the car for the weekend, which we think will work well, I’m optimistic.”
Free practice two is scheduled to get underway at 12:50.
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