Tom Ingram showed off the all-new Speedworks Motorsport-built Toyota Corolla at Oulton Park earlier today (1 March) as the new car hit the track for the first time.
Ingram and the Cheshire-based team will be campaigning a new car in the 2019 British Touring Car Championship, having secured the backing of Toyota GB for a change of vehicle.
Speedworks had campaigned the Toyota Avensis model ever since it joined the BTCC in 2011 through to 2018, when Ingram came within 12 points of taking the outright drivers’ title.
The new car has been built during the winter and will be tested extensively prior to the season opener at Brands Hatch in April, with the team carrying out testing at the Circuit Calafat in Spain next week.
Further testing will take place at Brands Hatch prior to the start of the season.
“It’s an amazing feeling to get out on-track in the new Corolla,” said Ingram. “Ever since Toyota officially came on-board late last year, everything we’ve done has been building up to this moment.
“The car looks amazing – which is credit to all the Speedworks boys, who have done a cracking job as always – and it’s an absolute honour to be representing Toyota GB in this new British-built beast.
“Today is essentially a shakedown test, but we’ll truly be putting the Corolla through its paces in Spain next week and I can’t wait to see what it can do!”