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Tom Ingram taking the positives from Brands Hatch weekend

Tom Ingram is focusing on the positives after a somewhat up and down weekend in the British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch last weekend.

The Team BRISTOL STREET Motors driver arrived at the Kent circuit sitting at the summit of the standings, which meant that he had the least amount of hybrid deployment available to him for qualifying and race one.

Ingram hustled his Hyundai to eighth on the grid for the opening contest and managed to progress to seventh. In race two the 2022 champion really came alive as he charged all the way up to second place, with a late lunge on Ash Sutton at Paddock Hill Bend being one of the moves of the race.

Bolting the soft tyre on for the final contest, the front-wheel-drive ace was on a charge again before a front left puncture put pay to his chances of a good result. Leaving Brands Hatch, Ingram sits third in the standings, ten points behind Sutton.

“I think deflating is a good way to sum up how the weekend finished!” said Ingram. “It’s a real shame that we suffered the puncture in race three because until that point, things had been going well.

“We did struggle a bit in qualifying and race one with the lack of hybrid as it had a big impact, but the car was fantastic all day and we were able to show our pace in race two.

“The battle with Ash was great, and the move to take second place was particularly fun as we didn’t really get much chance to race door-to-door like that last season. There is nothing you can do when you suffer a puncture like we did in race three, and we just have to put it behind us and focus on the positive, which is the fact we’ve clearly got the car in a nice place.

“It’s been a great weekend for the team with Ronan getting his first win, and we can head for Snetterton with a little more hybrid ready to challenge.”