Ingram now leads the BTCC standings
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Tom Ingram won his second race of the season in race 2 of the day at Donington with a commanding victory to take him to the top of the British Touring Car Championship standing, eight points ahead of nearest challenger Gordon Shedden.
Ingram started fifth after the grid was determined by the Race 1 results ensuring Aiden Moffat started on pole with Matt Neal second, Rob Austin third, Colin Turkington fourth with Ingram and Collard rounding out the top 6.
It was Moffat who led the field away though behind it was Collard who got the best start propelling himself to second as Neal struggled and fell to sixth. At the end of the first lap it was Moffat who lea with Collard second, Ingram third, Turkington fourth and the two Hondas of Shedden and Neal in fifth and sixth.
It was clear to see that Moffat was struggling with the success ballast on board as well as being on the softer tyre and he soon came under attack from the chasing pack, with as many as seven in a long line behind the young Scotsman.
He put up a fantastic defensive fight however an opportunistic Ingram was on the move, first disposing of Collard with a great move at Coppice before taking the Mercedes driver for the lead on lap 4 going down the Craner Curves.
This good news for Toyota drivers did not stretch to Rob Austin though however as he found himself in the gravel trap and out on the exit of the Old Hairpin on the same lap.
Despite losing the lead Moffat continued to defend well though his determination was finally overpowered as Collard, the charging Ashley Sutton and Josh Cook all passed him. Three laps later and Turkington was passed into sixth as Sutton continued his fine form in Race 2 and made his way past Shedden for third, after starting thirteenth on the grid.
Ingram was in control though and stretched his gap to Collard to four seconds, as behind Cook made his way past Shedden for fourth, who had a small off on lap 10.
It was a dominant victory in the end for Ingram with Collard only just second in front of Sutton, with Cook fourth, Turkington fifth after making his way past the reigning champion, who eventually finished sixth. Matt Neal, Dave Newsham, Jack Goff and Tom Chilton rounded out the top ten.