This time last year, Tom Ingram headed into
the Knockhill round just 4-points behind eventual Championship winner Colin
Turkington; indeed, had it not been for a ride-height infringement following
race 2 at Knockhill, Ingram may have gone on and won the 2018 BTCC Championship
after losing out on the UK’s most prestigious tin-top trophy by a slender 12
Heading into 2019, both Ingram and Speedworks Motorsport knew they’d have to up-the-ante if they had any hopes of wrestling the BTCC title away from the established order… and that’s exactly what they have done.
In came manufacturer backing from Toyota
GB, quickly followed by all-new title sponsorship from Ginsters – the UK’s
biggest selling pastry maker and to top it all – the introduction of the all-new
Toyota Corolla into the BTCC for 2019.
No doubt, it’s been an eventful year for
Tom and the team, so Dunc caught up with him to find out exactly how it has all
went down on a recent trip to Thruxton:
“The season has gone really quick, hasn’t
“The season seems to have just disappeared
out of nowhere, with a lot of hard work being put in along the way. It’s really
cool to see where we have come from at the start of the year with winning at
Donington, on the reverse grid, to taking pole at Snetterton and beginning to
see everything come together.
“Like you said, we’re in a really cool position this year with getting the new
Corolla and getting Ginsters on board, and with everything that has been going
on; it’s been a really exciting year for us,” concluded Ingram – a two-time
Independent BTCC Champion.
All that aside however, Tom knows that
results at the end of the day will define how the switch to the Corolla is
viewed, and after the mid-season break he’s delighted that the team and car
have come out fighting in the last few races.
“It’s great to see the progress of the car over the first half of the season,
but now is the time we need to be fighting at the front, and l’m delighted to
say that we head into the next few rounds full of optimism that we’ll be able
to do just that.”
From the outside and what we have seen from
the Corolla to date, Knockhill may just suit the short wheel-base of the Team
Toyota GB win Ginsters charger, and of course, throw into the mix the genuinely
unpredictable nature of the track, weather and varying Championship strategies
with the Knockhill round being one step closer to the business-end of the
season… then we could just be set for a fire-cracker of a weekend.
Tickets for the event can be booked online.
If you purchased before 12pm today (Wednesday 11th September) then
tickets will be issued out in the post. However, if you booked after 12pm, then
you’ll need to collect them at the track from the ticket collection point on
the main drive on your arrival.
Tickets will also be available throughout
the weekend on the gate.
Looking forward to seeing you at the Kwik
Fit British Touring Car Championship – Lokring Northern (UK) raceday in
association with Liqui Moly in 14/15 September.