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Ginettas: Q&A: Tom Ingram

Tom Ingram: This season was really good. Obviously winning my second title in two years is special for anyone but especially for us. With us not even knowing if we were racing until the Thursday before testing on Friday for the first round its mega to say that we were able to turn it all around and become champions.
Go 'Behind the Visor' as Andy Henley catches up with Tom Ingram, 2011 Ginetta GT Supercup G50 champion....



Q:
Tom, you have had huge success in a very short time racing cars. Your CV started in karts at the age of eight entering the Sandown Park Open Cadet Winter Championship where you finished second. Was this your first experience of racing and what sparked your love of racing?

Tom Ingram:
My first experience of racing was of watching my dad race in karts when I was about five year-old. I got a kart for Christmas and then on the day after Boxing Day we were out at Reading Trial Park.

Q:
You had brilliant results while rising through the karting ranks, gaining a total of nine championships. From those years, which was your hardest/ most memorable season and why?

Tom Ingram:
I think the hardest year was in 2006 when we won the BRDC Stars of Tomorrow British Championship. It was such a stressful year as we had completely run out of money and came very close to losing our house!

Q:
You won the WMASC Sports Personality of the Year in 2007 and 2008, how much of a boost was that for you, as a young driver, trying to make his way in the ultra-competitive world of motorsport?

Tom Ingram:
To win the sports personality of the year award was a great achievement for me. To win the same award as Sir Steven Redgrave was a huge honour, but then to win it the year after as well was just brilliant!!!

Q:
In 2009 you had your first attempt racing cars, finishing 12th for the season despite missing six rounds due to funding issues, how steep a learning curve was moving from karts to cars?

Tom Ingram:
My first year in cars was a season of ups and downs! Getting a podium in only my second weekend in cars and then get pole a Oulton by half a second had to be the highlights but then to get to halfway through the year and finding out we had to miss some of the races was just heart breaking. I had about 12 weeks without even sitting in the car, and when I came back at Silverstone I was straight on the pace as if I'd never been away!! But it was certainly a hard year to learn the car. I only had two days driving the car before the first round.

Q:
What was it that made you look to 'tin top'/ GT racing instead of following the usual single-seater to F1 career path that so many youngsters want to?

Tom Ingram:


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Tom Ingram, 2011 Ginetta GT Supercup G50 champion
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Dangerous Dave - Unregistered

November 21, 2011 8:48 PM

Tom, it must be extremely satisfying to prove to people that you have the talent to go a long way. Its obvious that you have had a hard time raising the capital to go racing but its all been justified in the end. I wish you all the best in your next step up the ladder. "Believe in yourself" - "Never give up"! You have proved that wealth and connections count for little against ultimate determination! Well done!- theres hope for all of us!!



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