Ingram Reigns In The Rockingham Rain

by Simon Paice

Tom Ingram completed a stunning double win at Rockingham with a commanding victory in Round 22 of the Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup.

Ingram started the race from pole, however a slow getaway saw him fall to third behind Carl Breeze and Colin White heading around the banking, however the KX Akademy-backed driver worked his way through into second past White at Deene, with Jake Hill following him through at the next corner.

Andrew Richardson quickly worked his way through from seventh on the grid into fifth, while going even better was championship leader Tom Sharp, the IDL UK driver moving up from twelfth into sixth.

With White beginning to hold up those behind, the top three were able to make a break, with Richardson getting past White for fourth at Tarzan on lap four, just before the safety car came out after a spin for Marcus Hogarth at the same corner left him stranded in the gravel.

After a two lap interlude, the racing restarted with Ingram instantly going on the offensive, briefly getting his JHR Developments G55 into the lead at Yentwood, before Breeze cut back to regain the advantage.

Behind, Richardson was on a charge, getting past Hill at Gracelands for third on lap nine, before quickly closing on the front two. With Richardson’s G55 getting larger in Ingram’s mirrors, the latter forced his way into the lead, making the decisive move around the outside heading into the Brook chicane.

As Ingram went on to lead the remainder to secure his sixth win of the season, Breeze was left under pressure from Richardson, with a late lunge into Deene on the penultimate lap giving Richardson second place, with Breeze left to settle for third.

Hill took fourth, while White held off Sharp to take fifth, cutting Sharp’s points lead down to just fifteen points. Jamie Orton was next up ahead of Fergus Walkinshaw and Freddie Hetherington, while tenth overall taking the G50 class win was Rob Gaffney.

Reece Somerfield took second, while securing a maiden podium in his first ever meeting was Harry Cockill, with class leader Mark Davies struggling down in fourth.


2012 Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup ‘G55’ Class Standings (After Rd. 22):

1. Tom Sharp – 605pts

2. Carl Breeze – 590pts

3. Tom Ingram – 545pts

4. Andrew Richardson – 357pts

5. Colin White – 338pts

6. Hunter Abbott – 316pts

7. Jake Hill – 261pts

8. Jamie Orton – 253pts


G50 Class:

1. Mark Davies – 698pts

2. Rob Gaffney – 588pts

3. Reece Somerfield – 358pts

4. James Owen – 356pts

5. Max Coates – 272pts

6. Louise Richardson – 258pts

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