Tom Ingram has returned for a second season with Speedworks Motorsport in the British Touring Car Championship and is targeting a steady progression off the back of his impressive rookie year.

The 21-year-old finished 15th in the overall drivers' standings in his debut campaign and continues in a heavily revised Toyota Avensis for 2015. Ingram was a consistent top-ten finisher with a best of fifth place in the second race at the season finale at Brands Hatch.

"I'm over-the-moon to be returning to the BTCC this season, and thrilled to be doing so with Speedworks," Ingram said. "The Speedworks guys are a fantastic bunch and I established a great relationship with them last year, and although we did talk to other teams over the off-season, Christian [Dick] made a very compelling argument to stay."

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Much respected BTCC engineer Geoff Kingston has joined the team during the off-season to aid in the development of the Toyota Avensis and the team is confident this year has the potential to be its best season since joining the grid five years ago.

"In a championship as competitive as this, being able to rely upon that prior knowledge and stability is unquestionably an advantage, and having seen the modifications that Geoff has made to the Avensis, I can't wait to get out there and put it through its paces on the track," Ingram added.

"It's too early to set any solid goals just yet, but with the experience of my rookie year under my belt, I definitely want to be moving forward and scoring some consistent top six finishes in 2015 - and if we can do that, hopefully mine and Speedworks' first BTCC podium won't be too far away."

Team principal Christian Dick says he is thrilled to see Ingram return to the team and is confident his young driver can maintain the early momentum of his burgeoning BTCC career.

"After his standout performance last year, he was always our first choice for 2015 - it's probably fair to say he outperformed the car's capabilities on a number of occasions," Dick said. "Hopefully the upgrades we have made to the Avensis for the forthcoming season will allow him to demonstrate his true talent.

"Geoff has wielded considerable influence and has been hard at work bringing improvements to the car in every area, and I think what we have now is a much leaner, meaner fighting machine. We always knew there was plenty of untapped potential in the Avensis and that it was just a question of finding the key to unlock it, which Geoff has helped us to do."