Tom Ingram welcomed new sponsor SKYCIG to the Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup in perfect style at Oulton Park with a sensational double victory in Rounds Ten and Eleven around the undulating Cheshire circuit.
Ingram headed into the weekend with six podium finishes in the opening nine races under his belt, however with early-season pace-setter Tom Sharp 115 points ahead in the championship standings, the JHR Developments driver knew that nothing less than two more podium finishes were needed as he looked to begin his championship fightback.
Ingram said: “The principal goal was to close that gap and prove we can successfully challenge Sharp and stop his winning run. He said at the beginning of the weekend that he had never won at Oulton before, so that was immediately a bit of a psychological boost.”
Ingram meanwhile was a fan of the circuit and it showed in Friday's wet practice sessions, Ingram lapping almost six tenths of a second clear of any of his rivals. This pace continued in to qualifying, with Ingram delivering a great lap to secure his first ever G55 pole position.
A 'nice, clean launch' saw Ingram lead away in the opening race, however having never driven the G55 around Oulton in bone dry conditions, the former Ginetta Junior champion struggled early on, with experienced racer Carl Breeze in hot pursuit. Ingram managed to break his tow though and gradually edge away en route to his second win of the campaign.
The reigning G50 champion commented: “It felt brilliant to win. We were over-the-moon! It was a great feeling to climb back onto the top step of the podium again, especially after being denied a possible victory in the final race at Thruxton when the driveshaft went. Having not been able to test during the long break either, it was particularly sweet to come back so strong – and of course, it was the perfect start to my new relationship with SKYCIG, who I'm thrilled were there to witness it.”
Sunday's live-televised race two would follow a similar pattern, with Ingram leading from the start and under early pressure from Breeze. This time round, Ingram was able to break clear early on though and drove off into the distance, winning by nearly ten seconds to reduce Sharps lead to 90 points heading to Croft.
The 18 year old added: “We successfully clawed back some points, and it was good to show that all the development work we've done on the car has paid off. It was just a perfect weekend – definitely one of the best of my career so far – but there's a long way to go yet in the championship, and maintaining our consistency will be paramount. We're still on the back foot points-wise, so we need to keep chipping away, keep the pressure up and get the best result we can every single time we take to the circuit.”