Tom Ingram has started his British Touring Car Championship title defence at Donington Park “right at the sharp end” coming away from the weekend second in the standings.
Ingram reflected on what he thought could have been a difficult weekend, having qualified in sixth.
“I’m feeling fairly relaxed after a good weekend,” Ingram told TouringCars.Net. “It was going to be a difficult weekend, we knew that because it’s always tough around here.
“But to be coming away right at the sharp end after what could have been pretty chaotic in the conditions, I’m fairly pleased with it – a good weekend’s work all in all.
“As a team we’ve worked great. It’s good to see Tom [Chilton] get back on that top step. Great to see Ronan [Pearson] get his podium as well. All in all, pretty strong.”
Despite the result of the weekend being favourable, the start of the weekend did not start so well for the EXCELR8 Hyundai driver. In the opening moments of first practice Ingram found himself stationary at the Old Hairpin making the session redundant.
This did not hinder Ingram nor the team. “It was always going to be a worry that we were going to lose a bit of headway. It’s one of those things you just crack on with. We knew we’d lost 45 minutes to an hour’s worth of good work.
“But at the same time, you just live with it and just suck it up and crack on. As a team, we’ve worked well to pull back that lost time and come back top.”
The Sunday was a hectic day with changeable conditions all throughout the day. This being the case left Ingram happy with the way the weekend worked out.
“You look at what could have happened in terms of cars going off and conditions changing and wrong calls, right calls, anything else like that. Just very good to get this weekend ticked off is a better way of looking at it.
“It doesn’t necessarily feel like it’s been a productive weekend. It doesn’t necessarily feel like we’ve done that well. But it does feel like we can at least tick it off the list and go on to Brands Hatch.”