Tom Ingram finally secured his first ever victory at Snetterton as he took one victory in the latest rounds of the 2013 Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup.
Heading into the weekend, the Norfolk venue was the only circuit on the BTCC calendar that Ingram had never won at, but following a stunning hat-trick at Croft last time out, the SKYCIG-backed racer was confident of ending his barren spell.
The weekend started perfectly for Ingram as he took his JHR Developments-prepared Ginetta G55 to a third straight pole position, an advantage he maintained throughout the opening race as he stormed to a flawless lights-to-flag victory, smashing his Snetterton hoodoo in style with a sixth win of the campaign.
The second race didn’t start to plan for the KX Akademy protégé though, a slow getaway from pole allowing chief title rival Carl Breeze to snatch the lead. Despite his best efforts, Ingram was unable to find a clean way past though, settling for second at the finish, just two tenths of a second behind Breeze at the flag.
After a red-flagged first effort to the reverse grid for race three, the BRDC Rising Star tucked into third position at the restart from P4. Like in the second race, Ingram found himself right on the rear bumper of the car in front, this time Pepe Massot, but unable to find a way past, despite setting a succession of fastest laps.
“The first race was exactly what we needed to re-assert our authority after the break,” said Ingram, “and posting fastest lap as well meant we scored maximum points. I hounded Carl for all I was worth in race two, but there was just no way through without taking a sizeable risk.
“I chased Massot all the way in race three, as he kept putting two wheels off the track and kicking up dust, which was a bit of a distraction. It was really frustrating, because we both had the pace to go forwards in pursuit of the leader and I tried to signal to him as such, but Pepe was so hell-bent on defending that we fell back instead. Fair-play to him, though – he didn’t give me any chances to fight my way past, and another podium was still a decent way to conclude the weekend.
“Overall, I’m very happy as we extended our championship advantage and managed to banish our Snetterton jinx!”