Tom Ingram: Silverstone sets up ‘best chance yet’
Tom Ingram says he feels Silverstone has helped to set up his ‘best chance yet’ of fighting for the BTCC title after the EXCELR8 Motorsport man secured his fourth win of the campaign.
Ingram went into the weekend looking to extend an impressive run of form at the circuit, which had seen him stand on the podium in every season since 2016 – including five visits to the top step.
Having qualified in fourth place, Ingram overcame mid-race contact to secure fifth place in race one and then produced a similar run in race two as he fought back from a poor start to repeat his result.
Fourth on the grid for race three, Ingram jumped up to third on the run to turn one and then grabbed the lead when Josh Cook and Adam Morgan clashed at Becketts – staying out front the finish despite the close attention of Ash Sutton.
It means Ingram will now go into the season finale third in the standings, seven points down on Sutton, as he bids to secure overall honours for the first time.
“While the first two races were – to quote my new favourite word – ‘pointsy’, they weren’t quite pointsy enough, so we were definitely on the hunt for a trophy in race three,” he said. “We knew that would be hugely important, especially given we were starting ahead of our main championship rivals.
“We had to really maximise the opportunity to outscore them, and I couldn’t have asked for the first lap to go any better. I felt like Moses – the sea just seemed to open up in front of me, and I obviously wasn’t going to look a gift horse in the mouth!
“I have to admit, I’d been getting a bit worried halfway through the day, wondering if I would be able to continue my podium streak at Silverstone, so to get the win at the end was fantastic. The Hyundai felt brilliant, and I’m absolutely buzzing for Brands Hatch now. This is on – it’s absolutely on – and I’d go there tomorrow if I could!
“There’s clearly going to be a lot of pressure on all of us in the finale, but I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve never known a season like this, with so few points covering the top three. It’s going to be a massive weekend – this feels like the best chance I’ve ever had and I cannot wait. Let’s do it!”