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Tom Ingram leaves Donington Park in control of points lead

Tom Ingram will head to Thruxton in three weeks time in control of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship standings after extending his points lead at Donington Park.

Entering the second event of the season holding a slender three-point advantage, the Speedworks Motorsport driver stretched has now stretched his lead out to seven points, with Adam Morgan now as his nearest challenger.

Salvaging a handful of points in race one, Ingram scythed his way through the field in his ballast-free Toyota Avensis in the second encounter, charging his way to the front of field to become the first driver to win two races this season.

Winning for the first time since Thruxton 2016, Ciceley Motorsport’s Morgan ensured he remains hot on the heels of Ingram after another big points-scoring weekend.

One of the biggest movers in the championship standings from the weekend however was Power Maxed Racing’s Josh Cook. Scoring a maiden pole position on Saturday, the Vauxhall Astra driver converted it into a commanding first BTCC win in race one and then added a seventh and a second to springboard himself into third in the points.

Jack Goff’s race two podium was enough to keep him fourth in the standings while reigning champion Ashley Sutton once again produced a fightback to remain in fifth.

Aiden Moffat’s double rostrum showing at the Leicestershire venue leaves him sixth whilst Dan Cammish and Chris Smiley, who both scored breakthrough podiums, round out the top eight. HMS Racing’s Rob Austin and Team BMW’s Colin Turkington complete the top ten in the overall points.

Subaru hold a one-point lead over Vauxhall in the BTCC Manufacturer/Constructors Championship, with Power Maxed Racing firmly in control of the BTCC Teams Championship.

In the Independent Drivers and Teams standings, defending champions Tom Ingram and Speedworks Motorsport have emerged as the ones to beat after six races.

Finally, in the Jack Sears Trophy, Halfords Yuasa Racing’s Cammish extended his advantage at the summit of the points, holding a slender one point advantage over the MG6 GT of Rory Butcher.

Rounds seven, eight and nine of the 2018 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship take place at Thruxton on May 19/20.

Article originally written on Sunday, 29 April 2018. Read more articles from the BTCC Crazy Archive.