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Ingram ‘robbed’ but keeps ERC Junior U27 lead

Ingram ‘robbed’ but keeps ERC Junior U27 lead

08/08/2017 18:00

Chris Ingram said he felt robbed after his run of FIA ERC Junior Under 27 wins ended on Rally Rzeszow last Saturday.

Although the Briton continues to top the championship table and remains in prime position to win the 100,000 euros career progression fund on offer to the champion for an ERC Junior Under 28 campaign in 2018, his margin over Opel team-mate Jari Huttunen has been trimmed to eight points after Huttunen scored his first win of the year in Poland.

Ingram, the class winner in Azores and Gran Canaria, started his Rally Rzeszow debut by setting the same time as Huttunen on Friday’s opening test. But his hopes of a third win ended when his ADAM R2 cut out on stage four and he and co-driver Elliott Edmondson were stranded for several minutes while they made running repairs.

“After making the perfect start to the season with two wins nothing has gone our way this weekend,” said Ingram. “It was such a hectic rally with crashes everywhere and only Jari had a clean run so it’s been a bit of a mess to be honest. It would be nice to have no dramas and a clean fight. We’ve been robbed a bit here but we’re still leading the championship.”

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.