Tom Ingram is looking for a third consecutive car racing title in 2012 after announcing a deal to compete in the main class of the Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup in a Ginetta G55 run by JHR Developments.
Ingram has become one of the hottest properties in British Motorsport in the last couple of years after winning the hotly contested 2010 Ginetta Junior Championship, before going on to dominate the G50 class of the Supercup last season. Now despite barely any track time in a G55 over the winter, the 18 year old has his sights set on winning the Supercup crown with Derbyshire-based JHR.
Ingram said: “First and foremost, we wanted to go with a team that had a professional outlook, looked the part and did everything right – and for us, JHR ticked all the boxes. Their success speaks for itself, and if you look at all the championships they have raced in, there's clearly a huge amount of experience inside the team, which is very encouraging. The guys all seem extremely passionate and knowledgeable about what they do, and I just feel it's a very positive career step for me.”
“There's only one goal, and that's to make it a hat-trick by winning the championship. The competition is going to be as tough as ever, so we've got to hit the ground running straightaway and really grab the bull by the horns. It will be interesting to see how it all shakes out – until we get to the first round, I don't think anybody really has any idea, but I'd say there are at least four other guys who will be serious title contenders.
“I'm just approaching it as I do every single year, though. It will be a long championship, and it won't be won in the first round or even the second round. It will be won over the balance of all 28 races, so we will need to be consistently up at the front and finishing strongly the whole way through. If there are occasions when we need to settle for second or third, then we will settle for second or third. By all means I will be racing hard and pushing for wins, but ultimately, the championship will always be uppermost in my mind.”
JHR founder Steve Hunter added: “With any championship we enter, we never take it lightly, and having already won in every other support series on the BTCC package, our intention clearly is to emulate that success in the Ginetta GT Supercup. Tom has won back-to-back titles in the past two years, and we want to be the team that takes him to a third.
“He has settled in superbly and is working well with all the boys, and he has proved over the last couple of years that he has the driving ability, technical feedback and mental strength you need to be a winner. There are some very good drivers out there in G55s this year, and our aim is to compete against them and beat them. There is so much more to winning a championship than simply being a quick driver, and we are confident that in Tom, we've got the complete package.”