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Tom Ingram: ‘It only needs one race for the title race to be blown wide open’

Tom Ingram heads to the penultimate round of the British Touring Car Championship at Silverstone this weekend determined to claim ‘at least one win’ as he tried to keep his title defence alive.

Ingram, currently second overall in the drivers’ standings, has a 42-point deficit to series leader Ash Sutton heading into the Silverstone event, and with only 20 points available for a race win, knows that an early victory is crucial.

The 30-year-old has a strong record at the Northamptonshire circuit, having previously won six times at the circuit, including every year from 2016 to 2019.

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As such, and feeling that his overall pace is faster than rival Sutton’s, Ingram has high confidence going into this weekend.

“Silverstone is a circuit that has been really good to me in the past, and if I can keep that form going then it would be great,” said Ingram.

“We came away from Donington Park in good shape and we were quicker than Ash for a lot of the weekend, which bodes well for us going to Silverstone.

“There’s been a lot of discussions in recent weeks about what we can do to improve the car and make it even better, and it’s now down to trying to maximise the results to keep our title challenge on track.”

If Sutton outscores Ingram over the Silverstone weekend and leaves with a margin of 67 points, then the title could be decided this weekend.

As such, Ingram is aware of the fact he has ‘nothing to lose’ in trying to take the fight to his long-standing rival.

“There is no hiding the fact that Ash has got a handy lead in the standings, and the pressure is on him across the final two meetings.

“We’ve got nothing to lose and I’ve been around long enough to know that it only needs one race for the whole title race to be blown wide open.

“With that in mind, we’ve got to maximise everything and we’ll be going on the attack to try and grab pole and convert it into at least one win.”

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