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BTCCs Tom Ingram ready for Brands Hatch success

Monday, September 25 2017

Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship title contender Tom Ingram is aiming to lift championship silverware at Brands Hatch this weekend (30 September-1 October), even if he's all but dismissed a shot at the overall title.

Having led the championship early in the season with wins at Brands Hatch and Donington, the Speedworks Toyota ace fell back in the mid-season. However a 67-point deficit to title leader Ash Sutton means he is mathematically still in contention for the championship title, the only Independent driver to be in with a shot at the season finale.

"It's been a stonking year, absolutely stunning," Tom said. "I can't look back at it and be annoyed by any of it really, because it's just racing. We've got to be proud of what we've done with our little team to be able to turn it into not far off winning the British Touring Car Championship. Size-wise we're a third of what everyone else has got!

"At the start of the season our aim was very much to try and be just in the mix. We knew that winning the championship was realistically going to be out of our grasp. It was absolutely our goal, and I think we've done a proper job to get there."

Despite needing a miracle to overhaul those ahead of him, Tom and Speedwords are in pole position for the Independents' Driver and Team championships, with a 31-point lead over Jack Goff and 10-points over Eurotech Racing respectively.

Tom is aware of needing to take a cautious approach this weekend: "I can't win the championship, but I can win the Independents' title, so I don't want to make my life too hard with carrying too much ballast or anything else. Of course I'd like to go in and get pole, because that's qualifying - you don't go out with aspirations to qualify tenth.

"We're fully aware that we've got a nice little buffer [to second-placed Jack Goff], but we've seen how quickly that can deteriorate, so we've just got to be on top of our game - finish all the races, stay out of trouble and hopefully bring it home."

That said, Tom does aim to make further progress in the overall championship table. "I also want to try and finish third," he said. "If we can be third overall, I'll be absolutely made up by that. We're only a point off Shedden, so we can get third and whilst that is a strong possibility, I'll be trying everything I can to get it."

With two wins and a brace of podium finishes at the Kent circuit in the last three seasons, the odds are on Ingram's side this weekend. "We always enjoy driving Brands," he said. "We've always gone really well there, so I'm excited to get going. It's a circuit that all of the drivers enjoy going round, it's a circuit that will suit our car, everything is in our favour really, so I'm excited to go into it."

With no obvious title aspirations, Tom's happy to offer his opinion on the big title fight. "I'd like Colin to win it, personally. I think he's done a stonking job, he's always a clean driver, doesn't get involved and deserves it. I think he's worked really hard this year."

Tickets for the BTCC at Brands Hatch on 30 September-1 October are available in advance from £27 with free entry for under-13s. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click  here.