Tom Ingram believes he's in prime position 'to make the next step' in a brand new Toyota Avensis as the Speedworks driver embarks on his second BTCC season.

Joining the BTCC in 2014, Ingram left a lasting impression within the championship having regularly qualified his Speedworks Avensis deep into the top-ten amidst a grid which fielded seven former champions.

Despite Ingram's clear speed though, a combination of ill-fortune and a lack of car-speed on race day plagued the 21-year olds debut foray.

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But big changes to Speedworks outfit - including the recruitment of technical guru Geoff Kingston from Team BMR - has given the former Ginetta Supercup champion a new sense of belief for 2015.

"Yeah we've made big changes over the winter," Ingram told crash.net. We've now got Geoff Kingston onboard our team and we've also got our brand new Avensis to play with. A lot of changes but it should hopefully allow us to make that step forward we were struggling to get with the old car.

"Like I said, that's one of the reasons we've got this new car, to make that next step. From my point of view I'm in a much more confident position. I've got a year under my belt now. I'm not coming into the season having to learn everything again.

"There's still a bloody lot to learn but it puts us into a good position for the year having last year to go from. With the changes we've made, things are looking quite positive."

Although having only completed a shakedown of the new Avensis, Ingram enthused that the new model should be a big-step forward from its 2014 counterpart and cited a decrease in weight accompanied with a better understanding of the cars geometry will yield more points.

"This year we should be in a much better place with the car, I'm also in a much better place so it should be a good year," Ingram continued.

"Today's been the first time that we've driven it. Literally it's a brand spanking new car so as you can imagine we've treated it as a bit of a shakedown really. Hopefully we can get a few days testing in next week.

"Bit of all sorts really; it's a lot lighter for one and geometry wise we're in a much stronger position. Overall it's a good bit of kit!"