Ingram to Tackle Britain’s Longest Hillclimb – in a BTCC car!
Leading Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship rookie Tom Ingram is set to take on a challenge with a difference at the beginning of the series’ summer break – piloting his Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis up Harewood Hillclimb.
The longest hillclimb in mainland UK at 1,440m, Harewood will stage the eighth outing on the 2014 MSA British Hillclimb Championship calendar on Sunday, 6 July – and Ingram will be one of the star attractions.
The 20-year-old KX Akademy graduate has tallied nine points-scoring finishes – six of them inside the top ten – and turned many a head with his qualifying pace over the opening four meetings of the current BTCC campaign.
Whilst he is aware that he will likely not be troubling the fastest times on his debut at Harewood – where top speeds hit an eye-watering 130mph around a steep and narrow course that affords absolutely no margin for error – Ingram does admit he cannot wait to put the Avensis through its paces in what is a unique competitive environment.
“I’ve always looked at hillclimbing and thought it would be awesome fun to have a go – but I honestly never thought I would get the opportunity,” he confessed. “To go to Harewood and have a blast up the hill in the BTCC car will be massively exciting – if not a little terrifying – and I’m looking forward to it immensely!”