Tom Ingram says he is “moving in the right direction” with a deal to enter the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship for 2014.
The 20 year old has been in discussions with a number of teams over the winter as he aims to join the BTCC for the first time, with one team standing out from the rest at the moment.
While the 2013 Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup champion would not disclose the name of that team, he expressed his confidence that he’ll be on the grid come the opening rounds at Brands Hatch on 29/30 March.
“It’s looking good, we’re getting there,” Ingram told The Checkered Flag at the Autosport International Show.
“We’re not finalised yet, and as I’m sure a lot of drivers are saying around the show, we’d like to make announcements and confirm plans, but we can’t quite yet.
“We’ve got a team in mind and we’ve been talking with them, but there’s still a little bit more work to do before I can call myself a touring car driver. We’re moving in the right direction though.”
Ingram won’t be joining the series this year with MG KX Momentum Racing though, with Sam Tordoff confirmed this week in the KX Akademy-backed seat alongside scheme mentor Jason Plato and BTCC newcomer Marc Hynes.
Instead, Ingram will head into 2014 without a place in the KX Akademy, bringing to a close his season and a half on the programme, during which he was one of the first two drivers backed by the programme, and the first member to win a championship.
“I wouldn’t have been racing last year without KX, so can’t thank them enough,” he added. “The budget side of things has been a massive help, but the best part for me has been the workshops we’ve done. I’ve improved a lot from them, and generally taken a lot from the experience.”