EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com get off the mark in Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship at Snetterton
It was the stuff of dreams for the EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com team as they recorded their first ever win in the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship at their home track last weekend.
The Brome-based outfit made the short trip to Snetterton buoyed by a podium finish in the season opener at Thruxton last month.
However, by team owner Justina Williams’ own admission, the victory came ahead of schedule.
Tom Ingram was the driver who took the chequered flag at the Norfolk circuit, muscling his way past pole-sitter Stephen Jelley before going on to hold on to that lead.
Team-mates Chris Smiley, Rick Parfitt and Jack Butel also impressed – pointing to a bright future for the team.
Williams said: “I’m absolutely over the moon with us getting a win this weekend.
“I knew that it was coming at some point but I wasn’t sure if it would come this early in the year and I’m delighted for the whole team.
“It’s hard to really find the words to express how I feel.
“There has been so much work that has gone into this and to get our first win at our home track is extra special.
“Tom has done a great job to get the win but Chris, Jack and Rick have also driven well this weekend.
“It’s nice to see Chris get three solid finishes on the board after round one, and I think both Jack and Rick can go away from this weekend knowing that top 20 finishes – and then points – aren’t far away.”
For the victorious Ingram, the win has moved him into second in the drivers’ standings, just two points off leader Ash Sutton.
The 27-year-old said: “There are some amazing moments to look back on this weekend, and to get the first win for EXCELR8 at the team’s home circuit is great – and particularly with fans at the track again.
“We have really smashed it this weekend in terms of points which is a big thing as we have moved up in the standings, and hopefully we can only go forwards from here.
“I’m lucky to have been able to take a few wins in the BTCC in my career and that one feels special.”
The championship is due to resume at Brands Hatch over the weekend of June 26.