Tom Ingram is a whisker away from taking the Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup title for Dronfield’s JHR Developments team, after a perfect double win at Rockingham Motor Speedway.
The team has found a sweet-spot in the Ginetta G55’s car set-up for Rockingham that other teams have missed, so qualifying saw Ingram and team-mate Rob Boston in a JHR and KX Akademy one-two front row lockout, with new JHR recruit Pepe Massot in fourth spot.
In round 21 Ingram took his eighth win of the season as he and Boston broke clear of the pack to finish the race with a five seconds lead over the third-placed car even though they were slowing to save their tyres for round 22.
When Massot collided with a spinner, it damaged his car and also the chance of making it a JHR 1-2-3 finish.
Round 22 saw Ingram put in a totally dominant performance, where he and Boston were once again grid one and two, and ran in formation until Boston was T-boned on the second lap and JHR lost the chance of another one-twofinish, but Ingram simply pulled away unhindered.
By the third lap he was 6.8 seconds ahead of the rest of the field but a dot in Ingram’s mirrors as his leader’s advantage grew massively with each successive lap.
After the 18 laps Ingram had an amazing 30.86 seconds victory margin for win number nine – on one tour he had set a new fastest lap by 4.5 seconds
“Rockingham seems to be a happy place for me – amazingly over the weekend I took a maximum points haul from two pole positions,” smiled Ingram, who needs to score just 10 more points with five rounds remaining to secure the championship.
JHR’s ‘Chuckle Brothers’, Josh Cook and Lee Pattison ‘missed the boat’ in the 2013 Renault UK Clio Cup qualifying on the wrong tyres in changing conditions.
Starting midfield, they had their work cut out making any improvement, so had nothing to smile about.
In the 2013 Ginetta Junior Championship JHR’s brother and sister Chadwick pair, saw Oliver taking another podium with a third and fifth finish, while Jamie showed steady improvement, coming home in seventh and ninth place.