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Ingram at last in ERC Junior Under 28

Ingram at last in ERC Junior Under 28

08/10/2017 19:00

By winning the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship following a four-way title battle, Chris Ingram earns 100,000 euros to put towards an FIA ERC Junior Under 28 campaign for 2018 when he steps up to a top-of-the-range R5 car for the first time.

The Opel Rallye Junior Team driver narrowly missed out on ERC Junior title glory last season but now gets the perfect opportunity to step up to the next level in accordance with the ERC’s mission to provide a vital platform of progression for young talents.

“My first ERC round was here in Latvia four years ago and I’ve been trying to win this title ever since so to do it is the best thing ever,” said Briton Ingram, who also claimed the ERC3 title. “I’ve been working towards this moment pretty much every day for the last four years. I’ve been so dedicated and everything has paid off now. I now have the best cash prize in rallying that will help me progress and as soon as I get home I’m going to be speaking to people to try and do the whole European championship next year.”

The battle for victory had been turned on its head when overnight leader Jari Huttunen picked up two punctures. With only one spare on board, the Finn was forced to complete the morning loop with only three fully-inflated tyres on his Opel ADAM R2. With Huttunen delayed, Ingram moved into the class lead and drove without error to the finish to claim the title.

Local driver Mārtiņš Sesks came back from a spectacular roll to finish second with ACCR Czech Team’s Filip Mareš third at the end of his first season of international competition. Huttunen beat Aleks Zawada to fourth with Kristóf Klausz sixth, Buǧra Banaz seventh, Tamara Molinaro eighth and Karel Kupec ninth following mechanical issues. Technial problems put Dominik Brož out on the final stage.

Ingram also won the Colin McRae ERC Flat Out Trophy for his efforts.

Alexey Lukyanuk’s impromptu alliance with Hugo Magalhães proved to be a big success when they won Rallye de Tierra de Astorga in Spain yesterday.

FIA ERC Junior Under 27 podium finisher Karel Kupec is calling on the rallying community to help his brother Radomír’s ongoing recuperation from serious injuries sustained in a rally crash earlier this year.

Jari Huttunen, who will step up to the FIA World Rally Championship WRC2 category in 2018 after finishing runner-up in the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship this season, has received yet more recognition.

Citroën’s all-new C3 R5 is set to be a contender for honours in 2018 when it will be eligible for the FIA European Rally Championship.

FIA ERC Under 27 Championship frontrunner Filip Mareš was praised after an impressive showing on Rallye du Var last month.

ERC features in new book

12/12/2017 06:00 - 2017

A new book from McKlein, the respected photographic and publishing empire specialising in rallying, features a section on the FIA European Rally Championship.