Tom Ingram was left brimming from a hat-trick of top-five finishes in the latest Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship meeting at Oulton Park.
Quick out of the blocks on Saturday, the Speedworks Motorsport man was consistent in collecting results of fourth and brace of fifth place finishes in the fourth meeting of the season at the Cheshire circuit.
Now 10th and 47 points away from the top of an ebbing and flowing Drivers’ Championship, the Toyota Avensis racer was delighted with his latest points haul.
“I’m coming away feeling happy”, Ingram told The Checkered Flag after a feisty weekend in Cheshire. “We achieved what we set out coming into the weekend which was three solid finishes.
“Walking away with our heads held high I think, because we did a really good job with three top-fives – all Independent wins. I think that’s not to be sniffed at all. A great haul of points.”
The final race of the day saw Ingram at the head of a fierce scrap for the remaining podium positions. Third behind Matt Neal and Sam Tordoff heading into the final three laps, Ingram grimly defended his position on the softer Dunlop compound tyres.
Contact heading into the final corner with Josh Cook allowed the Subaru Levorg of Jason Plato to sneak by both at Lodge and grab third spot, but Ingram spoke of the enjoyment he felt from the race afterwards.
“That third race was really enjoyable actually”, said Ingram after a dogged defensive battle. “We knew we were on the softs, we knew that we were going to be compromised towards the end, so I defended for all that’s worth!
“I’m never going to make it easy. I’m just defending my position.
“I’m trying to keep [Cook] behind me as much as he’s trying to get past me. But hey, that’s British Touring Cars and it’s why we love it. That’s the difference in speed with these soft tyres and unfortunately I didn’t anticipate they’d drop off as much as they did.”