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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.”

José Suárez completed his maiden season of FIA European Rally Championship action by finishing second among the ERC Junior U28 contingent on Rally Liepāja to secure third in the final class reckoning.

Krisóf Klausz’s strong end to the 2017 FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship continued when he finished sixth in class on Rally Liepāja.

Aleks Zawada says there were “a lot of positives” after his bid for the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship – and the 100,000 euros prize fund – ultimately ended in disappointment in Latvia earlier this month.

Kalle Rovanperä says Nikolay Gryazin is the ultimate rival after the talented young guns locked horns on the closing round of the 2017 FIA European Rally Championship recently.

Jari Huttunen has spoken of his disappointment after losing out on the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 title to Opel team-mate Chris Ingram in a final-round decider in Latvia earlier this month.

Łukasz Habaj wishes his first podium in the FIA European Rally Championship had come in happier circumstances.