Brands Hatch race one victor Tom Ingram has admitted he had more performance in his Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis despite beating both Hondas with relative ease to secure his first ever British Touring Car Championship win.
Ingram led the 25-lap safety car interrupted race from start to finish and never looked like buckling under the pressure applied from the chasing Team Dynamics Civic Type-R's of reigning champion Gordon Shedden and Matt Neal.
The Speedworks racer's lead did briefly come under serious threat during the early stages of the race but Ingram was simply able to dictate the pace and drive away Shedden and Neal once the safety car returned to the pits.
"It's absolutely crazy. The emotions have come out. The hard work that's gone in over the winter, not only from myself but everyone involved, has made this happen. Although the deal was done early it was still not an easy one to get done," Ingram told Crash.net.
"There was a lot of late nights with sponsorship stuff and just hard work. It was all worth it!
"It's nice because I had the pace that allowed me to control the gap. If I needed to open it up a bit I could have done and if I needed to hold back and safe the tyres I could have done so I was in quite a nice position on both sides of the coin.
"By no means was it easy but it was certainly enjoyable. Probably the longest race I've ever had though!"
Ingram will now have to run the soft tyre - accompanied with 75 kilos of success ballast - during the second race.
"This is where it will open up and see exactly where we are when we get onto this softer tyre. With the weight on this race will be the one where we find out where everyone is."