ERC stars delight in Turkey
FIA ERC Junior Under 27 champion Chris Ingram was on top form on his step up to the World Rally Championship with third in class and ninth overall in Turkey today.
Co-driven by fellow Briton Ross Whittock, Ingram followed home former ERC regular Simone Tempestini with 2013 ERC title winner Jan Kopecký taking top honours for the fifth time this season to close within touching distance of the world championship’s second-tier title.
“It’s been an unbelievable experience,” said Ingram, who was driving a ŠKODA Fabia R5 for Toksport WRT and will be back on ERC duty on next week’s PZM Rally Poland when he continues his ERC Junior Under 28 title bid. “It’s my first World Rally Championship event in an R5 car so to do this is incredible.”
Three-time ERC champion Kajetan Kajetanowicz fought back from mechanical issues to finish Rally Turkey Marmaris in P11 overall and fourth in class. He began the event with the fifth fastest time of all on the Marmaris street stage.
With the exception of P10 finisher Sébastien Ogier, all drivers finishing in the top 10 – including top three Ott Tänak, Jari-Matti Latvala and Hayden Paddon – have ERC experience.
Meanwhile, Emil Bergkvist, ERC Junior champion in 2015, secured the World Junior title.