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.”

Pierre-Louis Loubet “feels ready” for his FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship debut after driving BRC Racing Team’s Hyundai i20 R5 for the first time during Azores Airlines Rallye testing yesterday (Monday).

Paulo Nobre will return to international rallying after a five-year gap when he embarks on a full-season campaign in the FIA European Rally Championship.

Dominik Brož hopes the technical problems that hampered his progress in 2017 will be a thing of the past when he bids for FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship success this season.

Miguel Correia will make his FIA European Rally Championship debut when he lines up on the Azores Airlines Rallye this week.

Fabian Kreim will look to his outing on the Asia-Pacific championship-counting Coffee Day India Rally in 2016 when he begins his FIA ERC Junior Under 28 bid on the Azores Airlines Rallye this week.

A fully recovered Bruno Magalhães says there’s no reason why he can’t begin his 2018 FIA European Rally Championship campaign by repeating the shock victory he scored on São Miguel 12 months ago.