Tears flowed almost as much as celebratory champagne as an emotional Tom Ingram ‘realised a dream’ by winning the Ginetta GT Supercup title at Silverstone.
The Aylesbury Talent Passport holder stormed to a third car racing title in just four years as he dominated proceedings to clinch the 2013 Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup crown on his “home” track.
After claiming his fifth pole position of the campaign in his JHR Developments-prepared Ginetta G55, the talented young Bucks ace converted that imperious form into a brace of textbook lights-to-flag triumphs in the two ITV4-televised, British Touring Car Championship support races.
In so doing, Ingram increased his season victory tally to 11 and unbroken podium run to 22 as he added the Ginetta GT Supercup laurels to the Ginetta G50 Championship, Ginetta Junior Championship and British Karting Championship that he had already won.
“I don’t think I’d ever been so nervous ahead of a race,” confessed the 20-year-old British Racing Drivers’ Club Rising Star, MSA Academy member and KENNETT brand ambassador.
“I could feel my stomach churning as I waited for the starting lights to go out.
“I knew realistically that I only needed to finish eighth, but all along, I’ve been saying I wanted to secure it with a victory – and that’s exactly what we did.
“The weirdest thing for me was when I saw ‘one lap to go’ on my pit board, with the recognition that two years of hard work were finally about to pay off.
“I had butterflies all around the last lap, and after the chequered flag came down, I just turned into a blubbering mess! I was overcome, with so many emotions running through me.
“I must admit, it was quite unique to see all my hard-as-nails northern mechanics crying their eyes out, too! Huge credit must obviously go to the team. I never feel like I’m going racing with my JHR mechanics – I genuinely feel like I’m turning up every weekend with my best friends.
“As people know, we’ve never been in the fortunate situation of being able to rely upon family money, and I can’t thank my sponsors – especially SKYCIG, KX and Hansford Sensors – enough either, because without their unstinting support, we simply wouldn’t have been out there racing. I can never repay the faith they have shown in me.
“It was the perfect way to win, and wrapping it up at the ‘Home of British Motor Racing’ made it even more special. This is by far the best championship I’ve won.
“It was incredible. All the people I wanted to have around me were there, and it was just amazing – the realisation of a dream.”
Ingram’s ultimate aim is to replicate another Aylesbury Vale resident Mark Webber by making at the top level in Formula 1.