Ingram reflects on ‘many pluses and positives’ from Snetterton

Tom Ingram gathered a healthy points haul at Snetterton following a string of positive results, now sitting second in the Drivers’ Standings.

Ex-Speedworks driver Tom Ingram moved to a new team after seven years in the same outfit.

He joined the newly-formed collaboration between EXCELR8 Motorsport and Trade Price Cars to run four Hyundai i30 N Fastback Performance entries.

Ingram reflected on a successful weekend finishing P2, P4 and P1 across the races.

“All the doubt and all the negative talk about ‘What’s he doing over winter’, I think we can prove that’s not the case at all.

“It’s just so nice to there’s so many pluses and positives in the weekend. Not only the fact we’ve obviously done really well, we’ve got the last one (Race 3).

“Not only because we’ve been graced with beautiful sunshine and great weather, not only because it’s the team’s home circuit, with fans around… there’s so many amazing things to look out for this weekend.”

He talked through Race 3 which saw him start P4 and ended up taking his first victory of this season, at EXCELR8 Trade Price Cars.

“I could see I was quicker than the two BMWs ahead,” with Stephen Jelley and Tom Oliphant starting 1-2 on the grid.

“So I was biding my time, I could see [Stephen] Jelly was a little nervous to be outfront – he was checking up quite early… put a massive gap on the green flag lap.

“It was nice to sort of just bide my time and almost wait for the mistake to come. I could see Ash [Sutton] behind me; I knew I had the pace.

“Tom [Oliphant] was being really aggressive with his teammate, which I was quite surprised about.”

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The BMW driver was then caught out by his teammates early braking therefore tapping him and spun around himself into the path of Ollie Jackson.

“And Stephen was braking early down at both hairpins. I ran into the back of him once just completely by accident.

“Then as we came down to the second hairpin, and he went to the inside, Tom checked up behind him and I thought ‘Well, I’ve got to go for it now’.

“You know, there’s a there’s a gap, so I’ll fill it,” he says on the opportunistic nature of the moment.

He described his pace as “encouraging” as he felt confident in the Hyundai package.

Ingram will use the following Brands Hatch Indy rounds on June 26/27 to chase reigning champion Ash Sutton who leads the standings on 80 points.