Hansford Sensors will continue its sponsorship to British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) racing driver Tom Ingram for the 10th year in a row. Tom will line up in a new Hyundai i30 Fastback N Performance for the 2021 BTCC season, after signing a new deal with Excelr8 Motorsport the biggest improver in the BTCC field in 2020 by a substantial margin.
After finishing inside the top six in the final standings in each of the past four seasons, Tom is hoping this year to be in contention for the championship title. The racing will get underway at super-fast Thruxton in Hampshire on 8/9 May, with all of the action to be broadcast live and in high-definition on ITV4.
Tom Ingram, Driver, said:
“It’s brilliant to see my i30N up close ‘in the flesh’ finally, and I have to say, I think the livery looks absolutely awesome on the Hyundai – really cool. It’s obviously quite a recognisable design now, but it’s on a completely different car and I love the fact that it looks like it’s moving even when it’s standing still.
“I’m hugely fortunate to benefit from the continued support of both Ginsters and Hansford Sensors – particularly in the current climate. They are the most amazing partners who have always fully immersed themselves in this incredible journey we are on, and knowing I have them cheering me on every time I take to the track is tremendous motivation. “I can see the potential in both the team and the car, and I’m really looking forward to unlocking it. I had a small taste of the i30N at Snetterton last month, where I was able to establish a good baseline and understanding, and now I’m eager to gauge where we are against our competitors. I can’t wait to climb behind the wheel of my car for the first time, evaluate the 2021 upgrades, work closely with my three team-mates – and get properly down to business!”
Chris Hansford, Managing Director, Hansford Sensors, said:
“Ten years ago, we spotted something special in Tom, as a driver and – more importantly – as a person. Being a keen motorsport fan, I have always kept a close eye on the racing scene and whilst he was still climbing the ladder back then, Tom immediately stood out, both for his performances and results behind the wheel as well as his approach and demeanour outside of the car.
“As an ambitious, locally-born young driver clearly going places in the sport, he was the perfect fit for our company. Fast forward ten years, and Tom has firmly established himself as a member of the wider Hansford Sensors family. Our team regularly tune in to watch him compete and there is a real buzz about the office every time he has a good weekend – which is most weekends, to be fair.
“Tom is an impeccable brand ambassador and a truly first-class racing driver, but above all else, he has become a close friend and, as he likes to say himself, there’s nothing better than going racing with your mates. We look forward to joining him as he begins the next phase of his career at Ginsters with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com in 2021 – and to another season of on and off-track success.”