As the start of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship looms ever closer, Tom Ingram and Speedworks have been out testing at Portimao in Portugal.
They spent the four days they were there, evaluating and continuing the development of their Toyota Avensis that they hope will defend its independents title this year.
2017 was the best season for both driver and team who will be looking to hit the ground running when it all kicks off at Brands Hatch in under a months time.
Speaking to BTCC.net, Ingram was happy to be back out in the car and was looking forward to the season ahead.
It was so good to be back in the car!” said Ingram. “It’s been a long winter but I’ve been keeping fresh on the Speedworks Pro-Sim simulator, so when I jumped in the car I didn’t feel rusty at all and was able to get bang on pace straight away”.
Once again, Speedworks have found even more performance in the Toyota and the car feels strong. Arguably, 2018 is going to be one of the most competitive in recent years and this test should have given us a bit of an advantage heading into the first round.”
This season will be the hardest yet for the team, but they are confident as always that they will be able to grind out the results and once again keep at the head of the field.
Team Principal Christian Dick also spoke to BTCC.net, saying
“Portugal has become an annual test for us over the past three years and you can clearly see how much effect that has had on our results, going from BTCC points scorers to Independents’ champions.”
“There is only one goal in 2018 and that is the overall title. This test has put us firmly on the front foot heading into Brands Hatch.”