A BRITISH Racing Drivers’ Club director and former Touring Car champion has singled out High Wycombe’s Tom Ingram for praise after the first half of his rookie BTCC season.

The 20-year-old is 15th in the championship after six of the ten rounds, three places behind Stokenchurch rival Jack Goff.

Tim Harvey, who won the championship in 1992, said: “He has impressed a lot of people, particularly with his qualifying pace – and he has been consistently fast, too.

“While there is a certain level of experience required to be able to compete at the front on a regular basis in the BTCC because it really is so different to anything else, he has very quickly picked up the racecraft – and I know for a fact that he is on the radar of several teams and team managers for next year.

“I would like to see Tom on the podium between now and the end of the season. I think that is an achievable target and one that would be a real feather in his cap going into 2015.”

The next round is at Knockhill on August 23/24.