As he had in race one, Ingram kept his Speedworks Motorsport-run Corolla just out of reach of the Honda Civic Type R of Dan Cammish, despite this time carrying the maximum 60kg of success ballast from his earlier victory.
Cammish made a poor start from the outside of the front row, saying that he was lucky not to stall, and that allowed Team Dynamics stablemate Matt Neal into an early second place, as Ingram built up a huge 1.542-seconds margin on the opening lap. Neal, who said he knew Cammish was quicker than him, allowed his teammate ahead into the first corner on the second lap.
Cammish wasted little time in eroding Ingram’s advantage, and the leading Toyota was having to defend into the chicane at the end of lap five. Ingram then pulled the gap back out to over half a second, but with a lap to go he made sluggish progress through the chicane and now Cammish was right on his tail.
Ingram stayed firm on the final lap, beating Cammish to the line by 0.291s.
“I was probably changing the brake bias and front bar about four times a lap as the tyre life dropped away,” said Ingram, who added that he had an unwelcome bout of cramp in his buttock with a few laps remaining. “It was busy in there, but I know Dan is a class act and I could rest easy. If I made a mistake he would…