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Ginetta champion Tom Ingram joins BTCC with Speedworks

Wednesday, February 12 2014

Multiple Ginetta champion Tom Ingram will join the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship grid this season, making his debut at Brands Hatch on 29/30 March driving a Toyota Avensis for the Speedworks team.

The highly-rated 20-year-old won last year's Ginetta GT Supercup, racing under the KX Akademy banner, following on from championships in the G50 class in 2011 and the 2010 Ginetta Junior title.  He is also a BRDC Rising Star and MSA Academy member.

Ingram will be following in the footsteps of former Ginetta Supercup champion Adam Morgan, who has established himself as one of the BTCC's most promising drivers. Morgan also made his debut with the Speedworks team and Ingram is looking forward to making the step up to the championship.

"I think it's just about sunk in now!" Ingram said. "I'm hugely excited. To finally join the BTCC really is a dream come true for me - when I started out in karting more than 12 years ago, not for one second did I ever believe we would make it this far. I'll be racing doorhandle-to-doorhandle with drivers I grew up watching on TV - heroes of mine. There are some massive names in the championship, and that certainly won't make for an easy year - but what a year it's going to be! There will be plenty of action all the way up and down the order.

"It will be a tremendous challenge and we need to remain realistic - it's shaping up to be the toughest season in BTCC history, and it will be my first year in a front-wheel-drive car. I'm determined to do the best job I possibly can and I'd love to think that by mid-season, we can be targeting some decent finishes. I've got a great team behind me in Speedworks. I went up to the factory last week and they seem like a really good bunch of guys, clearly very skilled and experienced and just as importantly, extremely passionate about what they do.

"The bottom line is that it's up to me to make the most of this fantastic opportunity. I've said all along that I don't merely want to be on the grid - I want to make a really positive impression and forge a professional career for myself in the BTCC. 2014 is the first step on that ladder, and hopefully we can pull off a few giant-killing exploits along the way."

Speedworks Team Principal Christian Dick added: "Tom has stood out as one of the brightest young talents rising up through the ranks for a few years now. He's won the title in every car racing championship he's entered, and off the track, he is extremely professional and always presents himself very well. All of us at Speedworks are incredibly proud and excited to have him on-board, and we will give him as much assistance as we can and everything he needs to feel relaxed and comfortable inside the car and get up to speed as quickly as possible."

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