Ingram started his Speedworks Motorsport-run Corolla from the outside of the front row, but got a better getaway than poleman Dan Cammish, and was able to keep the Team Dynamics-fielded Honda Civic Type R at bay throughout.
Ingram led Cammish in a train of five cars for the first few laps, before he inched the advantage to over a second on the sixth tour of 16.
But Cammish came back at Ingram, whose rear tyres were fading, and was able to take a glance around the outside at the entry to the chicane on the final lap, before being beaten to the flag by 0.644 seconds.
“I only just held on,” said a delighted Ingram, who was carrying 30kg of success ballast on his Toyota compared to 36kg on Cammish’s Honda.
“DanCam was coming like a steam train towards the end.
“We were quicker at the start, but we began to lose the rear tyres, and I was just hanging on.”
“It was just not a great start – there was nothing bad about it, and Tom said he did a very good one,” said Cammish.
“Ultimately we probably didn’t have quite enough pace – I pushed Tom quite a lot and he was more on the edge than we were, but I think he had too much for us in sector one and sector two.”
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