The Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship came to Snetterton in Norfolk for the first weekend in August, along with the Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup and other race leagues.
What’s that got to do with Anglian Home Improvements? Well, about a year ago we wrote about a young driver called Tom Ingram, from Berkshire. At that time Tom was an up and coming racing driver of the future, who was away studying at Silverstone Motorsports College.
Since then the 19-year-old KX Akademy protégé, British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) Rising Star and MSA Academy member is now backed by SKYCIG and Hansford Sensors in his JHR Developments-prepared Ginetta G55.
We have watched Tom’s progress since being introduced to us in 2010, and were lucky enough to meet Tom and his racing team at Snetterton. Having the support of the race team and family made us realise how dedicated you have to be to succeed in getting the car on the road.
Tom’s car is at the front in orange and blue Image by Jakob Ebrey Photography
Arriving in time for Tom’s first race we watched it from the mound overlooking ‘Agostini’ bend, and were able to see a fair amount of the race track.
With every lap of the track, we hoped and willed Tom to overtake, but ‘where’ on the circuit became the question.
Tom had started the race in pole position, but was shortly to drop back into second place, overtaken by his greatest rival Carl Breeze, racing on his home track. Tom maintained his position and finished in second place. After an exciting 12 lap race we rushed to the podium to see the cups being presented.
Just a little champagne left after the celebration
As with all great race finishes once the cups had been presented the onlookers were sprayed with the winner’s champagne. Tom and the other drivers placed were then interviewed by ITV4 Sport and other respective media teams, with the sound of professional and amature cameras clicking in the background.
Tom being interviewed following the finish of the race
Tom, the team manager and engineers having a debrief and working on the car
Between races Tom had time to relax, talk to his fans and carry out other media and PR duties. For race enthusiasts it was a fantastic opportunity and a great privilege to be able to get up and close to the cars; watching them being race prepared, and able to have contact with the driver and stars of the future.
It really was an amazing experience and we look forward to following Tom the rest of the season. If you would like to know more about his career to date and current ranking in the Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup, take a look at his website.
The Anglian blog team would like to wish Tom ‘good luck’ for his races in a few weeks time at Knockhill.
Images by Claire Middleton