Tom Ingram makes the best of a bad weekend
Speedworks team still scoring points despite some bad fortune
03 August 2016 14:05:07



Snetterton at the weekend didn't go quite to Speedworks Motorpsort's plan, but despite that, Tom Ingram still scored points in all three races and the team gained ground in the championship.

Speedworks Motorsport tallied another points-scoring hat-trick as the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) returned to action in dramatic fashion at Snetterton, with Tom Ingram making the best of an uncharacteristically off-colour weekend to close in on the top of the title standings.
 
Having stolen the show at the two-day Dunlop tyre test at Snetterton a month earlier – where Ingram comfortably set the pace come rain and shine and smashed the lap record in the process – Speedworks headed back to the high-speed Norfolk circuit in confident mood but right from the outset, the plucky independent outfit struggled to unlock the same kind of form from its #80 Toyota Avensis.
 
After placing inside the top eight in both free practice sessions, talented young Bucks ace Ingram proceeded to qualify fourth amongst the 31 high-calibre contenders – some of the very best touring car protagonists on the planet – but was left ruing a mistake that arguably cost him a third pole position of 2016. Nonetheless, his performance reinstated the 22-year-old as the season’s best average qualifier to-date, having missed the top five just once in six attempts.
 
Carrying more success ballast than those around him on the grid with 33kg in the Avensis, Ingram found himself shuffled back to sixth as the pack jostled for ground on the opening lap of race one in the immensely popular, ITV4 live-televised BTCC – commonly regarded as the world’s premier and most fiercely-disputed tin-top series. Thereafter, he had his mirrors – and hands – full with two-time champion Jason Plato’s super-fast and weight-free Subaru Levorg, not to mention an unwelcome vibration.
 
Despite valiantly defending his position under tremendous pressure, the Speedworks man was forced to concede on the penultimate lap, but he subsequently staved off championship leader Sam Tordoff to the chequered flag and a late puncture for Ashley Sutton secured him his eighth top sixth finish of the campaign. The fact that he was only able to set the 15th-quickest lap time underlined how hard he’d had to fight for it.
Read the rest of the race weekend report here.


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