BORN ON 20TH AUGUST 1993 TOM ALWAYS HAD A PASSION FOR CARS, BIKES AND ANYTHING MOTORISED.
IT WAS AT THE TENDER AGE OF 5 THAT TOM FIRST SAT IN A GO KART, IT WAS THEN THE FUEL WAS WELL AND TRULY POURED INTO TOMS ENTHUSIASM AND PASSION FOR MOTORSPORT AND THE DREAM OF COMPETING IN BTCC HAD STARTED.
1999 - 2008
Ingram started his racing career at the age of 8, karting in the Open Cadet Class. In his first 5 races, he came 3rd once and won 4 novice awards, racing in the Formula 6, Buckmore Park and Bayford Meadows Summer Championships. In the winter of that same year, Ingram also competed in the Sandown Park Kart Club Championship and finished 2nd. In his second year of the Open Cadet karts, he won 8 of the 12 races in Formula 6 and 6 of the 8 rounds in the Bayford Meadows Summer Championship winning both championships. He also set 3 lap records at 3 different circuits.
Moving through and winning club championships across the country Tom's first taste of national competition came in the Super 2 championship.
In 2005 Tom stepped up to the MiniMax class winning the Renault UK Champion of Champions event, then going on to win the British Title in 2006.
For the 2007 season Tom moved into the Junior Rotax Max category finishing 8th inthe British Championship and wining the Brazilian Cup.
Tom's final year of karting in 2008 he competed in every major competition, however funding issues put the brakes onto Toms season missing a handful of races throughout the year.
Moving to cars in 2009 Tom competed in a selected number of races in the Ginetta Junior Championship, getting his first taste of being in the BTCC paddock. 2010 saw Tom sign with Hillspeed Racing to compete a full season in the brand new G40 Ginetta Junior Car. Taking the first victory of the year and the first for Hillspeed it was a year of increasing success. Winning a total of 5 wins and 13 podiums on his way to taking the Ginetta Junior Championship Tom got his first taste of a BTCC car, driving Andrew Jordan's Vauxhall Vectra S2000 car as his prize for winning the championship.
2011 saw another move up for Tom, competing in the Ginetta G50 Championship with new team Plans Motorsport. Another hugely successful year was to greet Tom taking 10 wins and 18 podiums going on to wrap the championship up with 2 rounds to spare. Tom also made the final of the Porsche Carrera Cup Scholarship.
2012 once again saw a change of car and team for Ingram, moving up to the Ginetta G55 Supercup. An ultra competitive championship which saw Tom have to learn a car with downforce and a big increase in power. Tom signed with the incredibly successful Chesterfield based JHR Developments. Taking his first victory in only the 2nd round of the year with no testing was a huge feat and set Tom up for a season long 3 was battle for the title. Tom picked up the backing of Tesco's brand KX, fronted by Jason Plato, Tom was one of only 2 drivers selected for the KX Akademy which saw Tom benefit from Jason Plato's mentoring. A heavy start line incident at Knockhill unfortunately put Tom on the backfoot in that battle. However 2 weeks after leaving hospital Tom bounced back at Rockingham dominating the weekend taking pole position and both race wins. Finishing the year in 3rd it was a year with unfinished business
Returning in 2013 with JHR Developments and the G55 Supercup Tom had only one goal. Win the championship. He did not disappoint. Taking 11 victories it gave Tom a total of 22 podium finishes and ultimately the championship title. 3 titles in 4 years.
2014 had the biggest challenge his career had seen. A step up the the BTCC with Speedworks Motorsport. This had been what Tom had dreamt of from the age of 5 and he did not disappoint on his debut weekend. Qualifying 6th followed by 2 top 10 tens finishes his weekend took a turn for the worst in the final race, getting turned into the barriers left the car with significant damage. Two more top 10s at the next weekend underlined Toms potential in the BTCC. 2014 was marked down as a learning and development year from the start, ending the year 15th in the standings. Both Tom and Speedworks were excited to get 2015 underway.
A new car greeted Tom for the 2015 BTCC season. Back with Speedworks Motorsport it gave Tom another challenge he'd yet to experience. Developing a car. The first half of the year was spent learning and developing the Avensis. And the second half of the year certainly showed the hard work had paid off. Race 3 at Rockingham was and still will be remembered as one of the BTCC's epic races. Tom and Jason Plato, wheel to wheel for the entire race swapping places as each lap passed it truly was Toms coming of age race. It made it all the more special due to Jason being Toms mentor back in 2012/13. Both Toms and Speedworks first BTCC podium. And, like London buses another podium followed at the closing round of the year at Brands Hatch GP.
Back with Speedworks in 2016, a partnership that was going from strength to strength. A strong winter test programme seeing the team head out to Portugal was crucial to the teams early season success. Taking the teams first pole position on the Saturday of the opening weekend of the year it would see Speedworks take their and Toms first ever BTCC win at the opening race of the year! Unfortunately that success was followed by heartbreak as a DNF in the next race was a sign of things to come. A lack of consistency was the downfall to 2016, able to run at the front, however unable to string 3 good races together. It all clicked at Oulton Park where Tom and Speedworks found the sweetspot and the results followed. Ending the year 10th it again left unfinished business for Speedworks and Tom.
A huge amount of work took place over the winter and it was a new look Toyota Avensis featuring the 2017 facelift greeted Tom for winter testing in Portgual. A hugely successful test programme gave Speedoworks and Tom a huge amount of confidence heading into the opening weekend of the season at Brands Hatch. That promise showed didn't disappoint. It was to be the most successful season to date. and after the third weekend of the year a healthy championship lead was testament to that off season work. 2 terrible weekends with 3 DNF's out of both Speedworks and Toms hands made the second half of the year a tough battle to get back in touch. 2 more wins in the second half of the year took the total up to 9 podiums in the end was enough to take 3 place overall but also the Independents Driver and teams Championship title. A huge success for both. But it now means Toms eyes are only set on one thing for 2018…