Published: 31st Jul 2018
It was our pleasure to be trackside once more with the Amtek Plastics UK Sponsored Toyota Avensis of Speedworks Motorsport, at Round 7 of the 2018 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.
Tom Ingram went into the weekend 2nd overall in the Championship with high hopes of something special. Despite 66 kilos of success ballast from Croft, the car felt good in the first of Saturday afternoons qualifying. Tom and the team were able to get the Toyota up to 5th place for the first race of the weekend which would put Tom in a strong position for the race. Unlike all other weekends, there was a second qualifying period specifically for the last race of Sunday afternoon, the double points, double distance, 60th anniversary race - the Diamond Double. With all cars having all ballast removed, this was a showdown of all driver with equal weight. Tom put in a sterling performance to bring they Toyota home in P4.
A very changeable race day came with rain and strong winds - Race one saw Tom fighting for positions at the front of the grid and all was looking very positive for a great result until Tom had to retire the car out on track with an electrical fault. At this point, many would think about packing up, calling it a weekend, and thinking about the next round - but Speedworks never give up. With the team working hard in a very short period, the fault was found, rectified and tested with the car getting out onto the grid with time to spare. Starting down in 27th, some would say that this race would simply be a test session to make sure the car was in perfect condition for the double points race later in the afternoon where Tom would be starting 4th anyway. Someone forgot to tell this to Tom and the team, race 2 was simply the drive of the season so far, with Tom picking off cars almost 2 at a time. Tom bought the Avensis home in a simply stunning 3rd place, stealing this place on the line with another fantastic overtake and demonstration of pure skill and speed - podium for Tom in conditions that suited him perfectly, slick tyres with a damp and changeable track.
Dimond Double - with the immense motivation from race 2, the Diamond Double was not to disappoint, no one could risk missing out on double points, so when the lights went out, all drivers were keen to succeed. Tom quickly found himself in 3rd position, which despite all efforts is where he stayed, but considering that there was 0.6 of a second covering the top 3, we all know Tom had the pace to have been on the top step. Amazing result all round from Speedworks and Tom - leaving the weekend as Championship Leader!
Tom Ingram said: “That was a really good result for me. I was just trying to bag the points with the double score. I saw Ash (Sutton) had a drive through, so it was in the back of my mind to score. We were all quicker in different areas and we were all glued to each others’ bumpers. It was back and forth all the way through the race. I nearly said to Christian (Dick, Team Principal) to head over to Team Dynamics and say ‘let’s try to catch Jack (Goff). I’m well pleased with that for the championship.”