BTCC Silverstone: A tale of two podiums
Ingram scores another victory in a double podium weekend
20 September 2016 09:34:35

After the struggles of the previous couple of meetings, Speedworks Motorsport and Tom Ingram were on cracking form at Silverstone this weekend just gone...

Speedworks Motorsport celebrated its most competitive and successful weekend to-date as the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship dropped into Silverstone, with Tom Ingram producing a stellar performance to secure the squad’s second victory of the season.

Since breaking through with its maiden BTCC triumph in the 2016 curtain-raiser at Brands Hatch back in April, Speedworks has been a consistent front-runner in what is commonly regarded as the world’s premier and most fiercely-disputed tin-top series, but the plucky Northwich, Cheshire-based outfit travelled to the legendary ‘Home of British Motorsport’ with a point to prove after scoring no points at all three weeks earlier during a luckless outing at Rockingham.

Right from the get-go, Ingram was in the ballpark, lapping second-quickest in free practice behind the wheel of his #80 Toyota Avensis before replicating that form in an extremely tight and tense qualifying session as he missed out on a third career pole position by a scant three thousandths-of-a-second amongst the 31 high-calibre protagonists – some of the finest touring car exponents on the planet.

Fully expecting a dogfight in the opening encounter with many of the fastest qualifiers having little to lose, the talented young Bucks ace anticipated the starting lights with razor-sharp precision to out-drag pole-sitter Ashley Sutton and snatch the lead into Copse Corner for the first time.

The pair raced nose-to-tail as Ingram valiantly fended off his pursuer’s constant attentions, until the MG man snuck past at the end of lap seven and proceeded to tactically back the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) Rising Star towards team-mate Josh Cook, leaving him in the unenviable position of having to attack and defend all at once.
Continue reading how Tom secured the podiums here.

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