Ingram Looking To Avoid ‘Race Three Curse’


Tom Ingram has said that he intends to evade any dramas in race three, following a personal best of seventh in both races one and two of the seventh Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship meeting at Knockhill.

An engine failure in free practice stymied the Speedworks Motorsport driver’s Saturday, eventually qualifying 13th before charging through to seventh place in the opening race of Sunday’s action at the Fife circuit.

Ingram was delighted with the progress made as he matched that result in race two, the Toyota Avensis driver putting the bad luck behind him.

A positive first two races”, said Ingram to The Checkered Flag after race two. “Race one and two went really, really well with seventh in both which is good.

“Especially after what happened yesterday in free practice one with the engine going pop where we missed practice two. In qualifying we were 13th so it was a difficult day yesterday.”

Ingram’s luck in the third race of this season’s BTCC weekends have seen him only achieve a best result of 13th at Thruxton’s finale, as well as three retirements that began with an incident at Brands Hatch with Alain Menu that sent the young rookie into the barriers during a fine debut.

Ingram pointed out his lack of race three luck, and hopes to keep out of trouble in what would be his best Sunday of the 2014 season.

He added: “We’ve made it up so far. But there’s still the third race to go which has been what has caught me out every single weekend, so I’m not going to count my chickens so far because we all know that disaster can strike!”

Race one saw Ingram avoid the dramas surrounding the championship contenders in race one to climb from 13th to seventh, before climbing to a safe fifth early in race two on the way to taking the flag seventh once again.

“We were sitting pretty there in P5. Unfortunately the eBay cars were just a bit too quick for us on sheer pace really. The grip they had was what helped them which you get a bit more with rear-wheel drive. That’s where we are at the moment, but we’ll see what happens.”

Ingram starts the final race of day fourth on the grid with the top 10 reversed from race two results, and intends to play a canny race to avoid any further race three misfortune.

Last year’s GT Supercup champion added: “I’m going to keep it nice and clean. Two solid top 10s I would have taken in both definitely.”