Here is some information on our current drivers.
Tom IngramTom returns to Speedworks for his fourth year in the 2017 BTCC season after his strongest touring car season to date. An impressive campaign in 2016 saw the 23 year old take a maiden BTCC win along with a string of podium finishes. A previous Ginetta GT Supercup, G50 and Junior Champion, the British Drivers Club (BRDC) Superstar, and Motor Sports Association (MSA) Academy member featured on no less than 22 podiums of the 27 rounds on his way to the 2013 Supercup title and can proudly state that he has won the Championship in every racing category that he has entered.
Jack ButelButel cut his teeth with two seasons in the British F4 series before deciding to step-up to the LMP3 Prototype series over the closed season. The 20 year old Jerseyman is one of the youngest to sample the LMP3 machine. The St Saviour-resident will contest all six rounds in the LMP3 Cup with races at iconic circuits such as Brands Hatch, Donington and Silverstone as well as an overseas round at the famous Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. From single-seaters to sports cars, Jack is delighted to be joining Speedworks and the LMP3 grid.
Christian DickWhilst being Team principal and running the team in both BTCC and various endurance series, Christian still finds time to get behind the wheel, most recently in the 24HRS Series in Dubai where his experience and race craft undoubtedly helped secure the SP3 Class win. He has competed successfully in almost every formula he has raced in having started at the tender age of 10 on the short oval circuits in Mini Stox. There is no doubt that Christians racing pedigree has been pivotal in the success of the team. 2017 will see Christian return to competitive motorsport, piloting the Ligier JS P3 alongside John Gilbert
Stephen JohansenFormer Funcup and VAG Trophy racer Stephen Johansen is to make the step up to VW Racing Cup in 2017 with Speedworks Motorsport. Having been successful in a rear wheel drive Funcup car for over eight years, Johansen decided to take a new challenge and swap to front wheel drive in the VAG Trophy in 2016 with a highest placed finish of 2nd place at Oulton Park. After dipping his toe in a few rounds of the VW Cup in 2016, he decided it was the place to be with its higher calibre drivers and increased presence on the British GT rounds. Johansen and Speedworks Team Principal Christian Dick have been friends for years and following a solid season in 2016 Johansen decided it was time to move his VW Polo R closer to home and into the workshops of Speedworks Motorsport.
John GilbertJohn Gilbert, the Managing Director of Global Insurance Management has always had a passion for cars and motorsport. In 2010, following a good number of years spent enjoying track days; John gained his ARDS licence and began his racing career in the UK Fun Cup Championship. Having raced in this series for 5 years he progressed into other endurance series. Having taken various class wins in the 24hr series behind the wheel of a Aston Martin V8 Vantage, John embarks on his biggest racing challenge to date in 2017, racing the Ligier JS P3.
Ross WarburtonRoss Warburton has been racing classics for ten years, competing at events such as the Goodwood Revival, Le Mans classic and Spa 6 Hours in his Lightweight Jaguar E-Type and Chevron B8. However, he didn’t start racing modern machinery until 2014 when he competed in the 24 Hours of Dubai with Speedworks Motorsport. After a successful debut which saw him win the SP3 class with the team, Warburton continued in the seat for the following races at Mugello and Zandvoort. He returned to the team for 2015 for a full 24H series campaign, alongside his classic racing and work commitments as executive director for the Warburton’s family bakery. 2017 sees Ross taking a new step with Speedworks Motorsport as he tests the Ligier LMP3 car.
Tony HughesFollowing Tony’s fascination with fast cars he initially began his racing career by catching the Ginetta bug and jumping behind the wheel of a G20. Holding his own and managing to finish mid grid on a regular basis, he fell in love at first sight with the prototype Ginetta G50 and decided to join the BTCC supporting championship. Steadily improving in all his time behind the wheel, it was a first look at the, then new, prototype NGTC spec Toyota Avensis being demonstrated by former BTCC Champion James Thompson at Brands Hatch that inspired him to the radical move into front wheel drive Touring Cars. The rest, as they say, is history. Needless to say that despite his lack of experience, Tony improved dramatically during his time in the BTCC, developing not only the car, but himself and gaining invaluable experience for BTCC newcomers Speedworks Motorsport. Although he missed out on the top ten finish he had hankered for so much, taking 12th place in front of his ‘home’ crowd at Oulton Park will go down as one of his proudest moments.