Leading rookie Tom Ingram confirms return to British Touring Car Championship

Tom Ingram in his Toyota Avensist during the 2014 British Touring Car Championship. Picture by Jakob Ebrey.
Tom Ingram in his Toyota Avensist during the 2014 British Touring Car Championship. Picture by Jakob Ebrey.

Young Bucks ace Tom Ingram has set his sights on securing a podium finish in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship after announcing he will remain with Speedworks Motorsport for a second season in the world’s most fiercely-contested tin-top series in 2015.

The three-time Ginetta champion and former British Karting champion was the BTCC’s standout rookie last year behind the wheel of Speedworks’ #80 Toyota Avensist.

Ingram turned many heads during his maiden campaign in the ITV4 live-televised championship as he tallied 19 points from 30 starts en route to 14th spot among the 32 high-calibre contenders in the final standings and 11th in the Independents’ Trophy, comfortably the best-placed newcomer.

The 21-year-old also qualified in the top 10 at half of the meetings and three times inside the top six. The Hansford Sensors-supported KX Akademy graduate and MSA Academy member saved his best for last by speeding to a superb fifth in the Brands Hatch season finale in October.

After confirming his place in this year’s event, Ingram said: “I’m over the moon to be returning to the BTCC this season, and thrilled to be doing so with Speedworks.

“It’s no great secret that we’ve had a long, tough winter trying to raise sufficient budget to stay in the championship – we thought we were sorted, but then there was a change in circumstances for one of our major sponsors and they were unfortunately unable to continue their support.

“That meant it really was touch-and-go for a while, but we never gave up hope or stopped pushing and it’s extremely rewarding to see all of our hard work now pay off. The Speedworks guys are a fantastic bunch and I established a great relationship with them last year, and although we did talk to other teams over the off-season, they made a very compelling argument to stay.

“With so many drivers moving around and switching seats, being able to rely upon that prior knowledge and stability is unquestionably an advantage, and having seen the modifications made to the Avensis, I can’t wait to get out there and put it through its paces.

“It’s too early to set any solid goals, but with the experience of my rookie year under my belt, I definitely want to be moving forward and scoring some consistent top six finishes in 2015 – and if we can do that, hopefully our first BTCC podium won’t be too far away.”

Speedworks Motorsport team principal Christian Dick added: “We’re absolutely delighted to have Tom back on board again.

“After his performance last year, he was always our first choice for 2015. It’s probably fair to say he outperformed the car’s capabilities on a number of occasions, so hopefully the upgrades we have made to the Avensis for the forthcoming campaign will allow him to demonstrate his true talent and potential behind the wheel.”