Toyota Gazoo Racing UK’s Tom Ingram described his weekend at Brands Hatch for the 2020 British Touring Car Championship season finale as “fantastic” after securing podium finishes in all three contests.
The 2018 runner-up cemented fourth position in the Drivers’ standings after standing on the podium in each of the trio of encounters throughout a day of changeable conditions on the Brands Hatch Indy layout.
The race one polesitter dropped to third behind Dan Cammish and eventual champion Ash Sutton in the opening race, before finishing runner-up in races two and three after storming drives through the pack.
Ingram said he’d had a “hugely enjoyable” weekend at the Kent circuit, and congratulated Sutton on his championship win.
“It was a hugely enjoyable weekend – to get three podiums – a podium in every single race is fantastic,” said Ingram.
“Without that little squabble with Rory [Butcher] at Snetterton that would have been six podiums on the bounce now, so the car has felt fantastic in the second half of the season.
“Really, really pleased. But I’ve got to say a massive well done to Ash and all the guys at Laser Tools Racing, they’ve done a great job this year and full credit to them for getting Ash his second title.”
Finding his form in the second half of the 2020 campaign, Ingram believes the key to challenging for the title next season will be “a little bit of luck,” citing the misfortune that he believes hindered his chances at championship glory this year.
“I think we’ve shown in the second half of the year that actually we’ve really got the pace,” he said.
“We’ve almost not been off the front row in qualifying after the last four races, we’ve had podiums every single weekend all the way through from there as well. I just think we need a little bit of luck, we’ve had a little bit of bad misfortune at the start of the year.
“We got taken out here on the opening lap, we had a driveshaft issue at Oulton Park, we had the puncture at Silverstone, we got taken out at Silverstone.
“So a bit of luck is the key to it, we’ve shown that we’ve got the pace and everyone at Toyota Gazoo Racing UK has shown that the Corolla is a great car, we just need a little bit of luck next.”