In­gram gets re­turn to the Spa 25 Hours

GT bosses plan Cun­ning­ham memo­rial

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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 – Rac­ – 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)

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