Tom Ingram has his sights set on achieving one thing with Speedworks Motorsport in 2018; winning the overall Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship title.
In what will be his fifth campaign with the Independent-run squad at the wheel of the trusty Toyota Avensis, the 24-year-old is looking to build on what proved to be an impressive campaign in 2017.
Taking four wins over the course of the season as well as countless podiums, Ingram walked away with the coveted Independent Drivers’ crown, whilst Speedworks won the Independent Teams’ title.
Now fired up to go one better after re-signing with the team, the former Ginetta champion is focused on claiming the biggest prize in British motorsport, heaping praise on the team and loyal sponsors that have supported him to this point.
“After what we accomplished last year, there can only be one objective for 2018 – the overall title,” he said. “There was never any question that we would be staying with Speedworks this year. They’re like my second family. The dynamic between us works so well – it has since day one, and it’s getting stronger all the time.
“I must pay tribute, too, to the vital ongoing support of our loyal partner Hansford Sensors, without whom none of this would have been possible. We’re heading towards a milestone in our relationship with Chris and his team, and it’s crazy to think we’ve gone from Ginetta Juniors right up to aiming for the BTCC title together.
“We’re also incredibly lucky to have the backing of key returning sponsors the Logistics People, Total Rail Solutions, Reis Motorsport Insurance and Global Brands, who similarly play a major role in getting us on-track. I owe a massive ‘thank you’ to each and every one of them.
“All that said, of course, we’re still a comparatively small, tight-knit team, so to do what we did last season with the resources we had – up against a whole host of more experienced and better-funded rivals – was nothing short of phenomenal. Winning both Indie championships was a huge tick in the box, but we don’t plan to stop there – we want to push for even more this year, and I see no reason why we can’t achieve that.”
With many teams running new cars for the forthcoming season, Ingram believes that Speedworks’ continuity of sticking with the Avensis will serve him and the team in their bid for glory.
He continued: “Several teams are rolling out new cars, whereas the Avensis is a proven package which means we can hit the ground running in the curtain-raiser at Brands Hatch in April, and on the driving side, I’m not afraid of anyone.
“I’ve shown that I can race against and regularly beat the Jason Platos, Colin Turkingtons and Matt Neals of this world, and I think 2017 demonstrated that the tide is turning in the BTCC and that the old guard that have ruled the roost for so long are being replaced by the new generation. And I want to be the standard-bearer of that new generation for many years to come.”
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