Speedworks Motorsport's Tom Ingram says reaching the British Touring Car Championship podium is something the Toyota Avensis driver has dreamt of the entirety of his racing career.

Ingram fulfilled that dream with a momentous maiden rostrum finish with second position during a grandstand finale at Rockingham. The 22-year old almost went one better but narrowly lost out to Team BMR's Jason Plato after an enthralling race long duel with the former double champion.

"This is what I've dreamt of for my whole racing career and that was to get onto the podium in touring cars - and I've done it! To be doing against Jason [Plato] makes it even more fulfilling," Ingram told crash.net.

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"It's such an awesome moment and I don't think I'll stop smiling or crying for a very long time. Just amazing, absolutely amazing."

The Speedworks driver led the vast majority of the race but after numerous attempts, Plato eventually forced his way past Ingram for his 93rd BTCC win.

Ingram said he relished the opportunity to fight toe-to-toe with one of the championship's most successful driver's and almost pull off an unlikely triumph.

"It goes someway in showing the respect that I like to think Jason has for me because he could have so easily have given me a little tap into the braking zone and send me wide. Nobody would have really have thought anything of it because he's fighting for the championship," Ingram continued.

"To do not do that and have a proper, proper battle - unbelievable, absolutely amazing. Like I say, when you're racing with the best you can expect to race you're best races and that's exactly what happened.

"I was just trying to use all of the few years of experience I've got in comparison to Jason. I don't know how I held up him back for as many laps as I did! Had it not been for the safety car it might have been a different story altogether but hey, I can't be disappointed with second."

Ingram's second place was also Speedworks Motorsport's first ever podium in the championship. The former multiple Ginetta champion says the close knit nature of the Cheshire based squad makes their success all the more sweeter.

"It makes it all so much better when it's a small family run operation. Everyone puts so much hard work in and I'm such a small cog in what is a very big concern. To repay with second place, I think we'll all be smiling for the next few weeks."