Ingram leaves it late to clinch maiden BTCC title

After nine years in BTCC, Ingram finally closes the championship

Arthur Ferridge
26th October 2022
Image: The Courier
Tom Ingram has won his first British Touring Car Championship title following a dominant final weekend at Brands Hatch. Driving a Hyundai i30 for Bristol Street Motors, Ingram has claimed six race wins and a further six podium finishes this season, landing him his first title after nine seasons of BTC racing.

The season culminated at Brands Hatch, an iconic English circuit, and it has delivered another classic. Coming into the weekend, four drivers were within touching distance of the championship. Ingram arrived third in the standings, just behind reigning champion Ashley Sutton and second-placed Jake Hill with long shot sleeper Colin Turkington sitting fourth.

Ingram dominated from the word go, qualifying on pole with a four tenth gap to second place. Title rivals Sutton, Hill, and Turkington all paled in comparison, qualifying third, fifth, and tenth respectively.

Ingram coolly converted pole into victory in the first of the weekend’s three races and led from lights to flag, however, strong performances from Sutton, Hill, and Turkington meant the title fight was far from over.

Race two presented Ingram with a bit more of a challenge, yet still resulted in victory from pole. Ingram stayed cool under heavy pressure from Sutton, converting the victory to move eleven points clear at the top of the standings with one more race still to go.

Tensions ran high as lights went out on the final race of the season. After a tight first lap, Ingram found himself ninth, just ahead of Hill, Sutton found himself in a comparatively lofty sixth.

The three championship hopefuls entered the final lap of the season in single file, with fourth-placed Sutton leading from Hill and Ingram. In a desperate late push for championship glory, Hill tried a move around the outside of Sutton into turn one, which unfortunately landed him in the gravel and out of the points places. This let Ingram through to fifth, earning him the points necessary to clinch the title.

Ingram was at a loss for words in his post-race interview. “Oh my God, I cannot believe it,” he told ITV. “Just ridiculous. Absolutely marvelous. I can’t say thank you enough to every single person [in the team] because it is just amazing.”

After having had a chance to catch his breath, Ingram told the BTC website “I’ve thought about this moment for literally my entire life… Never did I think it was going to come… I owe absolutely everything to my amazing team who have put everything behind me.”

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AUTHOR: Arthur Ferridge
Head of Sport, 2023/24. @rthur_ferridge on Twitter/X

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