JOHN Ingram was unstoppable at Aintree’s season opener, taking four wins over the Hodsons and blitzing the Superbike and Powerbike fields.
The Fleetwood BMW rider led every lap of every race and skirted just fourth tenths above his own lap record as he beat father-son podium duo Jim and Rob Hodson, who are preparing to set sail for the Isle of Man TT in less than a fortnight.
Ingram, the only racer to dip into the 54-second laps all day, powered to the Superbike victories 3.5s and 5.1s clear of Rob, with Jim just a few tenths off second.
And while Rob chased The Ram to within 0.4s of the flag in the first Powerbike race, he couldn’t quite steal the win and had to settle for his third runner-up finish before losing out to dad Jim in the second scrap.
For Ingram, racing at Aintree, where he had his first race 15 years ago, is a bit of a homecoming. And while he still holds the outright lap record of 54.441s from back in 2010, he says he’s there mainly for the craic.
“Aintree was the place I did my first ever race back in 2003. If it fits, I try to do the pre-season test or one meeting just for the craic without taking points or trophies,” he told UK Clubsport.
“I’m well happy with the 13th in Superstock 1000 at Oulton Park last weekend after the switch from Dunlops, and feeling sharp as we go into Cadwell for Thundersport Round 3.”
*Images: Colin Port