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Chris Ingram


Date of birth : 07/07/1994

Who is he? Graduating to the FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship after winning the Pirelli-supported ERC Junior Under 27 title in 2017, Ingram started the Rally Liepāja season finale chasing back-to-back crowns as one of three contenders for the coveted accolade, ultimately settling for the runner-up spot behind Nikolay Gryazin.

Early promise: The son of former British rally regular Jon Ingram, the younger Ingram got his break when he led ERC Junior on the 2014 Circuit of Ireland Rally in a lower-spec Renault Twingo. While he crashed out in spectacular fashion, he won the Colin McRae ERC Flat Out Trophy to forge a reputation that remains strong to this day.

Important support: Support from PEUGEOT UK followed and he took seventh in the ERC Junior standings in 2014 after switching to a 208 R2, before he improved to fourth in 2015, winning his class in the Azores.

If at first you don’t succeed… Ingram came close to the ERC Junior title in 2016, denied only at the final round by factory Opel team-mate Marijan Griebel, but went one better last season after seeing off fellow Opel driver Jari Huttunen in a season-closing decider. Although Ingram missed out on ERC Junior title glory in 2016, he did take the ERC3 championship, a feat he repeated last season.

Stepping up in style: Ingram graduated to ERC Junior U28 for 2018 with backing from clothing company 11 Degrees and carries the number 11 to highlight the partnership.

Making up for lost time: Rally di Rally Roma Capitale marked a return to action for Ingram after illness forced him to withdrew during the opening stages of Rally Islas Canarias in May. And he showed no sign of rustiness with second place in ERC Junior Under 28, which he followed up with third in class in Zlín and second in Poland and Latvia.

FORM GUIDE:
Azores Airlines Rallye: 4 (ERC Junior U28: 1)
Rally Islas Canarias: DNF (withdrew due to medical reasons)
EKO Acropolis Rally: DNE
Cyprus Rally: DNE
Rally di Roma Capitale: 6 (ERC Junior U28: 2)
Barum Czech Rally Zlín: 8 (ERC Junior U28: 3)
Rally Poland: 3 (ERC Junior U28: 2)
Rally Liepāja: 2 (ERC Junior U28: 2)