Tom Ingram says he is over the moon to have scored both his and Speedworks Motorsport’s best season to-date in the BTCC this year, scooping both Independent titles.
The Toyota Avensis driver built on the success of 2016 to score four wins, one pole position and a further five podiums; all aiding him to take third overall in the championship and be the first of the front-wheel-drive cars on the grid.
“What a season, the best we have ever had, I’m over the moon,” Ingram told BTCC Crazy. “It is just incredible to think that this small little team out of a chicken shed has taken on the biggest teams in the BTCC paddock and achieved what we have done.
“We only have three or four full time members of staff, plus Christian and Amy [Dick, team owners]. When you consider how small the team is and that we’ve gone and beat a works’ team like Honda to third overall in the standings is remarkable.
“Coming into the season we knew that we would be quick and would have a chance of being towards the sharp end. It is hard to know whether you’ll be there throughout the whole year though but that is what we’ve done.
“To take four wins, another pole position, podiums and two Independent titles is fantastic. Had we not had those two poor weekend’s at Oulton Park and Croft then who know’s where we might have ended up.”
With the Independent Drivers’ and Teams’ crowns in the bag, the 24-year-old admits that looking towards capturing the biggest prize in British motorsport isn’t out of the question at all for the plucky Cheshire-based squad.
“We as a team and me personally want to win the BTCC more than anything in the world,” he explained. “Winning the overall title is a massive ask. Let’s not look past what we have achieved this year because as I’ve said already, it is incredible.
“But, if we can replicate what we have done this season then there is no reason why we couldn’t be in the mix. We know what we need to do to improve. A little bit more consistency and having the rub of the green comes with that.
“This success however will only spur us on to achieve more.”
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