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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.”

Laurent Pellier is on an exciting learning curve in Czech Republic this week – thanks to the FIA European Rally Championship’s ERC Junior Experience.

Radomír Kupec admits he won’t be as prepared as he would like to be for his Barum Czech Rally Zlín debut this week.

Jan Kopecký, the winner of the 2013 FIA European Rally Championship, is returning to the series that helped to make him a star when Barum Czech Rally Zlín gets underway on Friday.

Marijan Griebel is already in “race mode” heading to Barum Czech Rally Zlín when he will continue his pursuit for his dream prize drive.

Alexey Lukyanuk has vowed to pay more attention to his pacenotes when reconnaissance for round six of the FIA European Rally Championship begins in Zlín tomorrow morning (Wednesday).

Tibor Érdi Jr has issued a warning to his FIA ERC2 rival Zelindo Melegari ahead of Barum Czech Rally Zlín.