At the halfway point of the 2019 British Touring Car Championship season, Tom Ingram was comfortably one of the star performers. That should come as little in the way of a surprise. He is the reigning independent drivers' champion, and finished runner-up in the standings to title winner Colin Turkington last year.
But ahead of the BTCC's summer hiatus, Ingram was only ninth in the points. He had scored a victory, but it was through the fortune of being drawn on pole for the partially-reversed grid in the Donington Park finale. Otherwise, it's been a difficult birth for the new Toyota GB-supported Corolla since making its debut at the start of the campaign.
The hatchback replacement for the long-serving Avensis saloon has been spectacular to watch, but for all the wrong reasons. A skittish rear axle meant plenty of oversteer, and every extra steering input that Ingram fed into the wheel to control the errant rear end was costing him time. Whether he had to straighten the car mid-corner or correct a slide on exit, with each movement he was extending how far it had to travel an inch at a time.