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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, with a number of visits to the rostrum for the squad throughout the campaign. Silverstone marked a particularly strong weekend for the squad, with Butcher topping the times in both Free Practice sessions and qualifying before bagging an impressive double victory.

The team then retained the services of Butcher for 2022, with Ricky Collard joining Toyota GAZOO Racing UK in his first full campaign in the BTCC. Butcher raced an impressive campaign, continuing his dominance at Silverstone and ending the season with a double podium – securing fifth place in the overall drivers standings. After a tricky start, Collard also found his groove, regularly taking points positions.

Butcher and Collard will be joined by George Gamble in 2023, after his exciting debut to the series the previous season. Gamble’s two podium finishes and 13th overall in the Drivers Championship, certainly sets the team up for a competitive year.


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Season Results

George Gamble

EventSessionPosition
Donington Park NationalQualifying17th
Race 18th
Race 2DNF
Race 313th
Brands Hatch IndyQualifying17th
Race 111th
Race 28th
Race 321st
SnettertonQualifying12th
Race 114th
Race 216th
Race 3DNF
ThruxtonQualifying22nd
Race 117th
Race 2DNF
Race 317th
Oulton ParkQualifying14th
Race 1DNF
Race 220th
Race 311th
CroftQualifying19th
Race 118th
Race 2DNF
Race 310th
KnockhillQualifying17th
Race 18th
Race 211th
Race 39th
Donington Park GPQualifying18th
Race 113th
Race 2DNF
Race 313th
SilverstoneQualifying23rd
Race 115th
Race 223rd
Race 315th
Brands Hatch GPQualifying22nd
Race 116th
Race 2DNF
Race 3DNF

Ricky Collard

EventSessionPosition
Donington Park NationalQualifying10th
Donington Park NationalTOP TEN SHOWDOWN10th
Race 16th
Race 2DNF
Race 314th
Brands Hatch IndyQualifying14th
Race 19th
Race 29th
Race 38th
SnettertonQualifying5th
Race 1DNF
Race 213th
Race 314th
ThruxtonQualifying11th
Race 111th
Race 29th
Race 35th
Oulton ParkQualifying4th
Oulton ParkTOP TEN SHOWDOWN3rd
Race 14th
Race 29th
Race 39th
CroftQualifying12th
Race 111th
Race 28th
Race 315th
KnockhillQualifying11th
Race 13rd
Race 26th
Race 35th
Donington Park GPQualifying3rd
Race 14th
Race 26th
Race 34th
SilverstoneQualifying16th
Race 120th
Race 214th
Race 37th
Brands Hatch GPQualifying12th
Race 19th
Race 24th
Race 36th

Rory Butcher

EventSessionPosition
Donington Park NationalQualifying13th
Race 111th
Race 214th
Race 311th
Brands Hatch IndyQualifying5th
Brands Hatch IndyTOP TEN SHOWDOWN5th
Race 17th
Race 26th
Race 325th
SnettertonQualifying8th
Race 19th
Race 28th
Race 32nd
ThruxtonQualifying10th
Race 17th
Race 27th
Race 37th
Oulton ParkQualifying7th
Oulton ParkTOP TEN SHOWDOWN9th
Race 116th
Race 210th
Race 310th
CroftQualifying18th
Race 125th
Race 218th
Race 38th
KnockhillQualifying6th
KnockhillTOP TEN SHOWDOWN4th
Race 1DNF
Race 215th
Race 312th
Donington Park GPQualifying14th
Race 111th
Race 28th
Race 31st
SilverstoneQualifying7th
SilverstoneTop ten showdown9th
Race 16th
Race 24th
Race 3DNF
Brands Hatch GPQualifying2nd
Race 123rd
Race 219th
Race 315th

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, Ricky Collard and George Gamble
First Season: 2011

Races: 375
Wins: 21
Podiums: 59

Fastest Laps: 15

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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