Speedworks have confirmed that Tom Ingram will continue to race for them in the 2015 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.
Ingram hinted to TCF during the recent flurry of BTCC testing at Thruxton that an announcement on his 2015 plans would be imminent, the 21-year-old now confirmed for a second season in the series with the Toyota Avensis squad he made his debut with last year
The recently reconfirmed BRDC (British Racing Drivers’ Club) Superstar impressed mightily in his maiden BTCC foray, finishing 15th overall in the championship after collecting 13 top-10 finishes for Speedworks including a fifth place result in the final meeting at Brands Hatch.
Formerly a champion over three different Ginetta categories, Ingram said: “I’m over-the-moon to be returning to the BTCC this season, and thrilled to be doing so with Speedworks.
“The Speedworks guys are a fantastic bunch and I established a great relationship with them last year, and although we did talk to other teams over the off-season, Christian made a very compelling argument to stay!
“In a championship as competitive as this, being able to rely upon that prior knowledge and stability is unquestionably an advantage, and having seen the modifications that Geoff has made to the Avensis, I can’t wait to get out there and put it through its paces on the track.
“It’s too early to set any solid goals just yet, but with the experience of my rookie year under my belt, I definitely want to be moving forward and scoring some consistent top six finishes in 2015 – and if we can do that, hopefully mine and Speedworks’ first BTCC podium won’t be too far away…”
Armed again with a single Toyota Avensis machine, Speedworks enter their fifth season in BTCC full of confidence that they will again cause surprises in 2015. An important appointment over the winter months was experienced BTCC engineer Geoff Kingston, paving the way for a mood of quiet optimism.
“We’re absolutely delighted to have Tom back on-board again!” enthused team principal Christian Dick. “After his standout performance last year, he was always our first choice for 2015 – it’s probably fair to say he outperformed the car’s capabilities on a number of occasions, so hopefully the upgrades we have made to the Avensis for the forthcoming season will allow him to demonstrate his true talent.
“Geoff has wielded considerable influence and has been hard at work bringing improvements to the car in every area, and I think what we have now is a much leaner, meaner fighting machine. We always knew there was plenty of untapped potential in the Avensis and that it was just a question of finding the key to unlock it, which Geoff has helped us to do.
“When you factor in the ongoing support of our loyal partners Hughes Safety Showers and Motul, there is an overwhelming feeling of excitement and anticipation at Speedworks right now. With so many driver and car changes up-and-down the grid, there is the sense that we have a genuine opportunity to really make an impression in 2015 – and that is precisely what we intend to do!”