Tom Ingram has extended his podium run in the Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup to eighteen in a row with three rostrum finishes in the latest rounds at Knockhill, including his seventh win of the campaign.
Twelve months ago, the Scottish venue was the scene of the biggest accident of his Ingram’s career, the KX Akademy protégé having been airlifted from the circuit following a 100mph+ startline incident.
That incident was a distant thought as Ingram headed into the weekend though, the JHR Developments racer targeting more wins and podiums to further extend his championship lead
The BRDC Rising Star qualified third in an incredibly close qualifying session, just fifteen hundreths of a second separating him from his fourth pole position of the campaign.
Ingram quickly moved up to second at the start of the opening race and went on to hound leader Matt Nicoll-Jones throughout the encounter, but was unable to find a way past, settling for second. This was repeated in the second race, with Ingram once again following Nicoll-Jones home, with chief title rival Breeze third on both occasions, allowing Ingram to further stretch out his points advantage.
Ingram’s podium run looked to be under genuine threat for much of the final reversed-grid encounter, with Ingram once again tucked up behind Nicoll-Jones, this time in fourth. A mesmerising performance over the latter stages though saw Ingram storm his way past the top three into the lead to take a stunning victory.
“To fight through from fourth place and almost five seconds shy of the lead – especially around a circuit like Knockhill, where overtaking is so notoriously difficult – was immensely satisfying,” said Ingram, who now holds a 129 point championship lead with three meetings remaining.
“It felt like my very first win all over again, really magic, and it was probably one of the best victories I’ve ever had – and most importantly of all, it has taken us another step towards where we want to be.”