Tom Ingram secured what he described as the ‘best win’ of his career to-date in the third outing of the 2013 Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup calendar at Thruxton to more than double his advantage at the top of the championship standings.
The KX Akademy star headed to Hampshire in high spirits after a podium hat-trick last time out at Donington Park gave him the championship lead, with Ingram also having great memories from Thruxton, with it being the scene of his first car racing podium in 2009, first win in 2010 and a commanding G50 hat-trick in 2011.
In tricky, changing conditions, Ingram secured second on the grid in qualifying and after dropping to fifth on the opening lap of the first race, a fantastic fightback saw him secure a third place finish, thanks to a pair of stunning overtakes at Church, the fastest corner in the UK.
The BRDC Rising Star went one better in race two, before producing a sensational drive in the weekend’s final race. Starting from fifth on the reverse grid, Ingram once again lost a place on the opening lap, but a superb drive through the field saw him quickly into second, before he closed down a four-second deficit to title rival Carl Breeze in the lead, passing him on the penultimate lap to take victory.
“It was probably the best win I’ve ever had, in all honesty,” said the 19 year old. “I really had to fight hard for it. In the past, we’ve never had the funds to risk the car or try moves like that due to fear of damage, so I owe a huge debt of gratitude to my sponsors SKYCIG, KX and Hansford Sensors for giving me that chance now and allowing me to really race for victory.”
With the reigning G50 champion’s second win of the campaign completing another podium hat-trick, making it seven in nine races already this season, Ingram’s championship advantages is extended from 15 to 32 points heading to the next rounds at Oulton Park in June.