Race, Modern
OCT 11th 2022

James Charman

How Tom Ingram became BTCC champion at Brands Hatch

Tom Ingram is the 2022 British Touring Car Champion. While that sentence may seem simple, the process it took to get there was anything but. With four drivers mathematically capable of winning the title, and just seven points separating the top three in the championship, it was the closest the BTCC had been going into the final day for more than a decade. Reigning champion Ash Sutton, gunning for the first title hat-trick since Andy Rouse, went into the weekend with the slightest of leads, while Jake Hill and Tom Ingram, second and third respectively, were looking to have their names carved on the trophy for the very first time. Colin Turkington sat fourth, and although there was a slim chance of a record-breaking fifth title, realistically the 27-point margin to the top was always too much to overcome.

 

As has become tradition in the BTCC, the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit was the location for the showdown. It has been the home of all but two finales since 2008 – and one of those was still at Brands Hatch, using the shorter Indy layout in 2020 as a result of the pandemic-enforced truncated calendar. With one of the most historic circuits in the country the setting, and the players all geared up for one of the most memorable finales in recent years, here’s how Tom Ingram finally stamped his name in the history books.

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