Ingram and Speedworks part-ways after seven seasons
Updated: Jan 15, 2021
BTCC front-runner Tom Ingram and Speedworks Motorsport are to embark on different challenges after announcing that their seven season partnership is to come to an end ahead of the 2021 Season.
Ingram, who made his British Touring Car debut with Speedworks in 2014, has remained with and has since become a successful partnership taking the team from a mid-grid outfit to a front-running and title contending team.
The successful combination claimed 6 race wins, 41 podium finishes, four pole positions and 13 fastest laps from seven years together. However, their biggest achievement was securing the Independent Driver and Team crowns in 2017 and 2018.
The shock announcement followed as both Ingram and Speedworks revealed that conflicting commercial interests made it impossible for the partnership to continue into the upcoming 2021 Season and for a eighth straight year.
Ingram said: “I’m sad to be leaving, of course, but there’s no ill-feeling and I owe everybody at Speedworks a massive ‘thank you’ for our seven years together. We’ll still be good friends moving forward; we’ll just be wearing different team jackets."
Despite not racing with Speedworks for this upcoming season, Ingram, 27, confirmed that he would be on the grid and would be announcing his plans shortly.
He said: “I can 100 per cent assure you that I will still be in the BTCC next year, and I have an exciting new project that I will be able to announce soon – so stay tuned!”
The 2020 British Touring Car Season was one of Ingram's best to date with English driver bagging 326 points en route to finishing in fourth in the Championship. His consistency meant that he was a challenger for the crown up until the very last round of the season at Brands Hatch.
A trio of podiums meant the he secured fourth in the standings and his third top five finish in the Championship.
Since 2017, Ingram has been a front-runner in the championship where in 2018, he finished runner-up to Colin Turkington - just missing out by 12 points.
Speedworks Motorsport, who are backed by Japanese car manufacturer Toyota, has ran the Corolla for the past two seasons and are expanding to a two car outfit for 2021 with more backing from Toyota expected.
Speedworks are yet to announce who will be piloting their cars this season.