Tom Ingram will enter into his third season of Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship racing with the Speedworks Motorsport team, it has been confirmed.
Having made his BTCC debut in 2014, Ingram made strides at the wheel of the Toyota Avensis in 2015, picking up a maiden podium at Rockingham and another at Brands Hatch en route to 13th in the overall standings.
For 2016, despite advances from rival teams, Ingram says is was a 'no-brainer' to stay with Speedworks and continue to drive the Avensis, which he feels is capable of taking him to his first race wins this year.
“For me, it was a complete no-brainer to stay with Speedworks,” he said. “The team's work ethic is second-to-none; everybody is ultra-professional, but at the same time they know how to have fun, which is important – this is hardly a cheap sport, so you need to make sure you're enjoying it or else you might as well not bother.
“The second half of last year was hugely positive for us, and it was encouraging to see all the development that we had put in paying off. Our performance just got better and better, which shone through in the results with two podiums from the last three race weekends. From our point of view, the season ended too soon because we were on a roll!
“We only really scratched the surface in 2015 of what we can achieve with this car – although the first half obviously wasn't what we had been hoping for, we dug deep and turned it around in style. There is a lot more to come from the Avensis yet, and I genuinely believe we can be a force to be reckoned with this year.”
Speedworks will grow to run two cars in this year's BTCC, with Matt Simpson already confirmed to be driving a Honda Civic Type-R