Tom Ingram grabs Donington Park podium

Tom Ingram
Tom Ingram at Donington

Speed works Motorsport’s Tom Ingram grabbed third place in race one of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Championship at Donington Park over the weekend.

The Stockport based squad claimed fifth on the grid for the first of the BTCC’s three races, six-tenths of a second off the Works’ Honda of 2015 Champion, Gordon Shedden.

Tom grabbed third at the Leicestershire Circuit, in a safety car-interrupted race that was ultimately red-flagged when the Subaru of James Cole caught fire, though the BRDC Superstar had already secured a podium spot, nicking third off the MG of Ash Sutton.

Tom Ingram
Tom Ingram

Ingram said: “I made an absolutely abysmal start – had we not have had the safety car when we did, we could have had second there as well. Very pleased with that, more points, more podiums.”

Race two saw Ingram run as high as second place for much of the ride, but the chasing pack were having none of it, and, with cars running as much as four abreast, contact from the BMW of Jack Goff resulted in Tom dropping way down the order to cross the line in 15th position.

Starting race three from 15th place in such a close grid was never going to be easy, and a tough third encounter of the day saw the former Ginetta champion run briefly as high as 13th on the weaker soft tyre, Ingram finally having to settle for 19th place at the flag.

Ingram left Donington Park sixth in the Independents Trophy on 58 points, 10 behind the Mercedes of Adam Morgan, while Speedworks also sit sixth in the Independents Team Trophy, just three points behind WIX Racing.

The series now moves on to Thruxton in Hampshire, for rounds 7,8&9 of the 2016 championship on the May 7 and 8.