British Touring Car Independents Trophy winner Tom Ingram has secured a late deal to race in the Creventic 24 Hour race at the Circuit of the Americas this weekend, and hopes that his first race outside Europe will lead to more opportunities.
He will join a line-up from the Speedworks Motorsport crew, which runs his regular Toyota Avensis, team boss Christian Dick, car owner John Gilbert and William Phillips in an Aston Martin Vantage GT4 for the two-part race. The opening period will run for 14 hours on Saturday, before an overnight halt and a further 10 hours of racing on Sunday.
“John Gilbert had entered the car, but a driver had to back out and there was a space in the line-up,” explained Ingram. “I didn’t need to be asked twice. There are a number of events that you would really want to do over the winter, and this is one of them.
“We have a simulator at Speedworks, so we have all been putting some miles in there to get ourselves ready. It is going to be a challenge, but hopefully I can do a good enough job that I get asked to do more things like this.”
The Speedworks driving crew will be joined by 20 other British racers on the grid in Texas including Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood.