Ingram gets return to the Spa 25 Hours
GT bosses plan Cunningham memorial
British Touring Car Championship race winner Tom Ingram will race in the Fun Cup 25 Hours at Spa on July 9/10.
The Speedworks Toyota Avensis man will line up for Global Racing alongside John Gilbert, Sarah Reader and Scott Mansell for the season’s showpiece in Belgium for his second attempt at the event.
“It really is great fun,” said Ingram, who finished on the podium on his previous outing in 2014. “That is why it is called the Fun Cup! Although the petrol cars aren’t the fastest things in the world, they can be a good challenge.
“Eau Rouge is flat and it feels like you are on the Kemmel Straight for about six and a half months. But the rest of the track can be quite tricky and the weather can always turn. There are all sorts of things that are thrown at you at Spa.”
British GT bosses have organised a tribute to the late Neil Cunningham at this weekend’s Silverstone 500 event.
Cunningham recently lost his battle with motor neurone disease. He was a successful racer in the championship, contesting 21 races between 2004-’07. Cunningham’s best campaign came in 2005 when he finished third in the points sharing an Embassy Racing-run Porsche 911 with Ben Collins.
The race at Silverstone will run on what would have been Cunningham’s 54th birthday.
All cars will carry sunstrips promoting Cunningham’s charity – Racing4mnd.org – and all drivers will assemble at the head of the grid for a memorial.
British GT manager Benjamin Franassovici ( pictured below with Cunningham) said: “We want to encourage people to wear bright colours and Hawaiian shirts to remember Neil in a positive way, in the same manor he battled his illness. He was the most positive guy in the paddock.”
Neil Cunningham (left)