HOW THE SPEEDWORKS TEAM HAS HIT THE FRONT IN BTCC
Speedworks team principal Christian Dick has gradually built up the Speedworks British Touring Car Championship team over its six years in the category. Now it has stepped in to the winner’s circle it is a feeling the team wants to experience over and over again.
“I didn’t want to be a team that would pitch up, get a little bit of luck, get a reversed grid and the win that way,” says the boss. “I didn’t want it to be lucky, I wanted to structure it in a way that when we did hit the front and started winning races, that it would be races plural. I wanted the platform behind us to enable us to do it consistently. Everything that we did as far back as three years ago was targeted for the future, and we have learned year on year, which has now got us to this place.”
One of the vital things for Speedworks has been the dynamic with Ingram. There is probably no closer relationship in the BTCC pitlane.
“I have seen Tom improve on all fronts,” says Dick. “Don’t forget, he came with a massive pedigree, and he had won in everything he had been in, but this is a massive step up. Until you get to the BTCC with the level of competition and the demands that there are on a driver, you can’t imagine what it is like.
“Everybody wants a bit of the drivers over the race weekend – engineers, sponsors, the team, the public, the media, everyone. Just walking from the garage to the back of the truck can be hard because you are stopped every second. You don’t have time to go to a quiet corner and think about things. You have to learn how to think about your racing in the middle of all of that, which is hugely intimidating. To be able to tune that skill, to jump in the car and just bang in a quick time is a real skill. It is a tough ask and it takes time to get the hang of.
“He has always been quick, but it is about the focus. Everything has improved with Tom, as you would expect with a younger driver. He has learned so much about the car and particularly the tyres and when to get the most from them. Tom does make mistakes, but the impressive thing is that he doesn’t make the same mistakes twice. That is really telling.”