Tom Ingram increased his advantage at the top of the Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup standings with a pair of second places in the latest rounds at Oulton Park.
Despite feeling under the weather, the two-time Ginetta champion was straight on the pace in Cheshire, following up second place in practice with pole in qualifying.
The BRDC Rising Star lost the lead at the start of race one to series returnee Nathan Freke. Some robust defending from the leader at one point forced Ingram onto the grass, with front-end damage, including a lost splitter, meaning it was a tough run to the flag as he fended off reigning G50 champion Mark Davies.
All repaired for Sunday’s race two in front of a huge trackside audience, Ingram slotted into second early on in his JHR Developments-prepared G55. With Freke not in the championship fight, the MSA Academy member decided not to take any risks and with his car losing engine power as the race progressed, the 19 year old was happy to bring it home in second.
The double podium, coupled with his closest points rival, reigning champion Carl Breeze, only able to take fourth in both races, Ingram has extended his championship lead to 49 points heading to Croft later in the month.
“Although I would obviously have liked to have been on the top step of the podium after our pace in qualifying, by the same token, it felt like two wins, to be honest, with Carl finishing behind me in both races and given that I was on far from top form,” said the KX Akademy member. “Croft is next in just a couple of weeks’ time, and that’s another of my favourite circuits – so let’s see if we can end the first half of the season on a real high.”