Despite not taking a third championship title in 2012, Tom Ingram is preparing for another season in the Ginetta GT Supercup for 2013, which got underway at Brands Hatch on Easter Sunday. Appearing at the BTCC Media Day on Thursday, Tom gave his thoughts about the upcoming year.
“I’m really excited ahead of the new season,” commented Ingram. “We’ve got the continued support of KX and SkyCig as well and we’re looking forward to a good year.
We’ve been able to get a fair bit of testing in just at the start of the year, so we’ll wait and see how it goes. From last year we need to up our game, and a lot of the changes we made from lasting are all starting to work already in testing, so fingers crossed it’ll be good going into the first round at Brands.”
Having already claimed two championships within the Ginetta series – going from the Junior Championship to the Ginetta G50 Championship in 2010, Tom described the team’s desire to get their third in 2013; “That’s our aim we need to go for – we want to try and get the hat-trick.
“It’s really exciting to be going into the new year knowing we’ve got a whole season ahead of us and knowing we’ve got a good car underneath us as well, so by all means the championship is definitely what we’re going for.”
Tom is again supported by the KX Academy for 2013. Introduced in 2012, the academy supports racing drivers who have shown that they have the potential and dedication in their particular racing series. Two-time BTCC title winner Jason Plato is one of the mentors for the academy, someone of whom Tom looks up to; “Having the KX team on board again this year is a big thing. It shows trust in what I can do and I’m hoping to take on board everything that I learnt last year and put it into play this year.
“The academy is a lot more marketing based with media training. We’re all tied up in the world of racing and sometimes we do forget that there is a side away from it and you’ve really got to polish up on it as well. It’s good to have the support from Jason; he’s been there, done it and got the t-shirt many times, so it’s nice to have that support. To be able to ask questions to someone like that is a massive thing.” By Nikki Thompson