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Biography

Formed in 2005, Speedworks Motorsport entered the BTCC in 2011, becoming one of the first teams to field an NGTC-spec car with a Toyota Avensis for Tony Hughes. The Cheshire-based operation branched out in 2012 by adding a second car for championship debutant Adam Morgan.

That helped the squad to tenth in the final Teams’ standings that year and sixth in the Independents’ title chase. Following Hughes’ retirement and Morgan’s departure, Dave Newsham and Ollie Jackson took over driving duties in 2013, with the former proving to be a regular points-scorer and annexing a top ten championship position as Speedworks improved to seventh in the Teams’ table and fifth-best Independent. For 2014, the outfit slimmed down to a single-car entry for promising three-time Ginetta champion Tom Ingram, whilst offering support to the Handy Motorsport squad.

Speedworks retained Ingram for 2015 and – coupled with engineering upgrades to the Toyota over the off-season – its young driver claimed two podiums on his way to 13th in the overall standings.

Having finally reached the BTCC rostrum, the partnership continued into 2016 as the goalposts shifted once again with Speedworks and Ingram targeting their first outright win – which duly came from pole position in the curtain-raising round at Brands Hatch. A further triumph followed at Silverstone later on in the campaign.

Ingram took to the grid in 2017 in a newly-facelifted Toyota Avensis and pushed things on to the next level. A more composed, consistent campaign saw him rocket to four further victories – at Brands Hatch, Donington Park, Knockhill and Silverstone – on his way to third in the overall table, and top of the tree in the Independents’ championships for both driver and team.

Ingram went even closer in 2018, taking the title battle right down to the wire with wins at Brands Hatch, Donington Park and Silverstone. He narrowly missed out on the coveted Drivers’ crown by just 12 points in a straight fight with multiple champion Colin Turkington, but did once again seal the Independents’ laurels for both himself and his team.

Speedworks acquired Toyota factory backing for 2019, becoming Team Toyota GB with Ginsters and transitioning to a Manufacturer entry as Ingram scored four victories behind the wheel of the brand new Toyota Corolla.

Ingram remained with the team in 2020 as Speedworks rebranded to become Toyota Gazoo Racing UK with Ginsters, and enjoyed a number of podium finishes and wins, including an impressive double win at Thruxton.

2021 marks a new chapter for the team as it expands to a two-car line-up of Rory Butcher and series returnee Sam Smelt.


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Season Results

Rory Butcher

EventSessionPosition
Thruxton 1Qualifying5th
Race 15th
Race 2DNF
Race 3DNF
SnettertonQualifying4th
SnettertonTop Ten Showdown3rd
Race 13rd
Race 25th
Race 36th
Brands Hatch IndyQualifying16th
Race 115th
Race 214th
Race 37th
Oulton ParkQualifying3rd
Race 14th
Race 21st
Race 3DNF
KnockhillQualifying8th
Race 19th
Race 2DNF
Race 320th
Thruxton 2Qualifying4th
Race 14th
Race 25th
Race 36th
CroftQualifying29th
Race 19th
Race 2DNF
Race 311th
SilverstoneQualifying1st
SilverstoneTop Ten Showdown1st
Race 11st
Race 21st
Race 313th
Donington ParkQualifying7th
Donington ParkTop Ten Showdown4th
Race 13rd
Race 23rd
Race 34th
Brands Hatch GPQualifying19th
Race 116th
Race 27th
Race 39th

Sam Smelt

EventSessionPosition
Thruxton 1Qualifying26th
Race 123rd
Race 220th
Race 314th
SnettertonQualifying23rd
Race 129th
Race 226th
Race 3DNF
Brands Hatch IndyQualifying26th
Race 124th
Race 218th
Race 323rd
Oulton ParkQualifying15th
Race 123rd
Race 219th
Race 318th
KnockhillQualifying21st
Race 117th
Race 224th
Race 324th
Thruxton 2Qualifying24th
Race 126th
Race 222nd
Race 3DNF
CroftQualifying18th
Race 121st
Race 219th
Race 316th
SilverstoneQualifying18th
Race 1DNF
Race 2DNF
Race 320th
Donington ParkQualifying24th
Race 121st
Race 222nd
Race 3DNF
Brands Hatch GPQualifying23rd
Race 120th
Race 213th
Race 321st

Titles

2018 BTCC Independent Teams’ Champions
2017 BTCC Independent Teams’ Champions

Team Stats

Team: Toyota Gazoo Racing UK
Car: Toyota Corolla GR Sport
Driver: Rory Butcher & Sam Smelt
First Season: 2011

Races: 315
Wins: 19
Podiums: 47

Fastest Laps: 14

First Win: Brands Hatch Indy, 2016

Team Info

Team Principal: Christian Dick
Phone:  01606 891762
Email: info@speedworksmotorsport.com
Team Address: Speedworks Motorsport, Unit 2, Thellow Heath Farm, Northwich Rd, Antrobus, Cheshire, CW9 6JB

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