Tom Ingram is one of the most perspective young British racing drivers. Early in a career, he collected few championship titles in the various classes of Ginetta championships.
Since 2014, Ingram competes in the British Touring Car Championship. He scored eleven BTCC victories so far, finishing best in the championship in the second place in 2018.
Spraying champagne is something usual for Tom Ingram
Eight-year-old Tom started racing career in the karting competition
Tom Ingram was born on August 20, 1993, in High Wycombe. He started racing with go-karts at the age of 8, switching to race cars when he was 16. Among many titles he won, the most important one was the 2006 British Karting Championship title.
His first competition with cars was the 2009 Ginetta Junior Championship, driving the Ginetta G20 for the Tockwith Motorsports in fourteen races. He scored one podium and finished 12th in the points.
Ingram was the 2010 Ginetta Junior champion
In 2010, he continued the campaign in the Ginetta Junior Championship, driving new Ginetta G40 for the Hillspeed team, Tom became the champion. With five wins and 13 podiums in 20 races, he was dominant and finished the season with an advantage over second-placed Jake Hill.
As a prize for winning the championship, Tom had a test day with the Vauxhall Vectra BTCC car of Pirtek Racing. During the winter of 2010, Ingram made it into the final four of the Formula Renault Racing Steps Foundation Scholarship.
2011 Ginetta GT Supercup G50 champion
One more title for Tom in the Ginetta GT Supercup
In 2011 season, Tom progressed to the Ginetta GT Supercup, winning the championship title in the G50 class, driving for Plans Motorsport. In 25 races, he won ten times and dominantly took his second consecutive title in his career.
Such success brought him an award of the British Racing Drivers' Club and he became the BRDC Rising Star of the Year. He also entered the final four of the Porsche Supercup Scholarship.
Third championship title with Ginetta cars
In 2012, Tom climbed to the G55 class of the Ginetta GT Supercup, driving for the JHR Developments team. After six wins in 26 races, Tom was third in the points.
Next year, he stayed in the G55 class and won the championship with 22 consecutive podiums in 25 races and eleven wins. He was still the member of the JHR Developments team but also part of the Jason Plato's KX Academy program.
Toyota Avensis is Tom's car since 2014
BTCC debut with Speedworks Motorsport's Toyota Avensis
After three titles in the various Ginetta competitions, it was a time for entering the British Touring Car Championship in 2014. He joined Speedworks Motorsport to drive the #80 Toyota Avensis.
Tom was consistent in his debut BTCC season, scoring thirteen Top 10 finishes. His best result was fifth place in the second race of the final round at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit. With 121 on his Account, Ingram finished 15th in the final classification.
An epic battle against Plato at Rockingham
For 2015 season, Ingram resigned for Speedworks Motorsport to drive improved Toyota Avensis. He became more competitive and continued to collect Top 10 finishes. In September, at Rockingham Speedway, Ingram reached his first BTCC podium in the third race of the day. It was also the first ever podium for the team.
After an epic battle against Jason Plato and few lead changes, Ingram finished second. In the last round, at Brands Hatch GP Circuit, he scored one more 2nd place finish and ended the championship 13th in the points.
During 2015, Ingram also participated in four races of the British GT Cup, driving the Ferrari 458 GTC for the Ebor GT/Hoggart Racing. In four races, he scored one win and three podiums, showing that he was the genuine racer, capable of being successful in various racing disciplines.
Tom opened the 2016 BTCC season with a victory
Maiden BTCC victory in the 2016 season-opening race
Tom Ingram's improvement continued in 2016, still with #80 Speedworks Motorsport's Toyota. In the first race of the season, at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit, he was the fastest qualifier, setting the touring car lap record (47.994 seconds).
Starting the race from pole, he defended the leading position and scored his maiden BTCC victory. Another victory followed in September at Silverstone. With two wins and four more podiums, Ingram finished 10th in the championship classification.
Tom Ingram is racing with Speedworks Motorsport since 2014
Four wins, third place in the 2017 BTCC season
Ingram stayed with Speedworks Motorsport in 2017 and started the season in the same way as the year before, winning the first race of the season at Brands Hatch.
He added one more victory in the second round at Donington Park and then scored his fifth BTCC win at Knockhill Circuit in August. One more win followed at Silverstone and he finished third in the final classification, behind Ashley Sutton and Colin Turkington, and the best independent driver.
Championship contender again in 2018
In the 2018 BTCC season, his fifth in a career, Ingram stayed in the #80 Toyota Avensis and scored a victory in the season-opening round at Brands Hatch for the third year in a row. He scored one more win in the second round at Donington and the third win in the penultimate round at Silverstone, entering the season's finale as one of two championship contenders.
In the end, Colin Turkington became BTCC champion and Tom Ingram finished in the second place, taking at least the Independents' title for the second year in a row.
Tom Ingram was the best BTCC independent driver for two years in a row
Factory-supported driver in 2019 BTCC season
In the 2019 BTCC season, Toyota returned to the championship as manufacturer's entry, chosing Speedworks Motorsport as factory team and Tom Ingram as a driver of the new #80 Toyota Corolla. In the first part of the season, he won twice, at Donington Park and Croft.