Chris Ingram missed out the ERC1 Junior title just by 0.3 seconds in the last stage of Barum Rally. Ingram was targeting the ERC1 Junior Championship before the start of the rally and it was a very a close battle with Filip Mares. He was 0.6 seconds ahead of Mares before the last stage of the rally but he lost 0.9 seconds on the stage and lost the championship. Despite becoming second in the ERC1, Ingram is leading now the overall European Rally Championship with two events left. Orhan Avcioglu and Burcin Korkmaz was 9th in ERC3 and 24th overall in their Peugeot 208 R2.
Neil Simpson and his experienced co-driver Michael Gibson had to retire from ADAC Rallye Sulingen due to an engine failure in the last day of the rally. The British duo started their second rally in German Rally Championship with a top 5 finish target and they made very competitive times in the first day of the rally. Neil Simpson said he enjoys driving on tarmac even though some parts are slippery and tricky. It was unlucky for him to be out of competition with an engine failure.
Henning Solberg and his co-driver Ilka Minor became 5th in WRC Rally Finland. They have started the rally with the new Skoda Fabia R5 EVO. The new Skoda was expected to be very competitive in the fast stages of Rally Finland. A broken wheel at SS7 caused a very big-time loss for the duo and they have completed the first day 6th in WRC2. By the morning stages on Saturday, they started to improve their pace but a power steering issue made them slow down in SS13 nevertheless they were 5th in WRC2 when they have reached the service area. They have completed the 3-day long rally in P5 at WRC2 and got valuable points for the championship. The next rally of the duo will be WRC Rally Turkey.
Chris Ingram and Ross Whittock managed to finish 2nd in ERC1 Junior at this weekend’s Rally di Roma. End of leg 1 Chris and Ross were 6th overall and 2nd in ERC1 despite a brake issue in the first stages while Orhan Avcioglu was 7th in ERC3. By the end of second day, without any issues for both crew, Chris and Ross completed the rally P6 overall and P2 in ERC1 . They kept their hopes of winning the ERC1 Junior title for the following race at Barum Czech Rally. Orhan and Aras were P6 in ERC3 in their debut for Peugeot 208 R2 and received the first points of the season.
Chilean driver Emilio Fernandez completed Rally Estonia the candidate event for 2010 World Rally Championship in a Skoda Fabia R5 run by Toksport WRT. Emilio and his co-driver Axel Coronado aimed to gain more experience on gravel and they did their best to learn on the Estonian soil. They were 18th overall and P11 in RC2 by the end of the rally. The duo target to participate more gravel rallies in Europe to become more competitive for the future races.
Toksport WRT’s British driver Chris Ingram retired from FIA ERC Rally Poland. A puncture followed by the power steering problem caused him a lot of time and he finished the first day 5th in ERC1 Junior. The young British duo started the second day with all the problems fixed and made the best times in ERC1 Junior until they had an overheating problem due to a sand blockage in the radiator. They tried to clean the radiator and fill with water again but Chris had his hand burned of hot radiator water causing him to retire for the rest of the rally. Chris is still leading the ERC1 Junior thanks to his big gap and he will run for the title at Rally di Roma.
Henning Solberg completed the WRC Rally Portugal on podium with his experienced co-driver Ilka Minor. In one of the toughest rounds of World Rally Championship, the duo kept their pace until the end of the rally and followed the strategy to be on podium. After the first stages, they were P6 in WRC2 but climbed to P3 in WRC2 among 16 other WRC2 drivers by the end of the rally.
What a weekend at Latvia. In the fastest rally of the ERC season, Chris Ingram / Ross Whittock duo managed to finish in P4 overall and now they are just 1 point behind the leader in championship. They are also still leading the ERC1 Junior with a P3 ERC1 Junior result. Eyvind Brynildsen and Cato Menkerud did some impressive times in Skoda Fabia R5 and completed the race P9 overall. Alexandros Tsouloftas and Antonis Chrysostomou are getting better in each rally and gaining more experience. They scored P11 overall. Thank you for all your support during the weekend.
Kalle Rovanpera and Jonne Halttunen won the WRC 2 Pro category at Rally Chile, sixth round of 2019 FIA World Rally Championship. In a 3 day battle with his opponent Mads Ostberg, young Finn driver managed to score maximum points for the WRC2 Pro category and achieved the first win of the season.
It is the first time that Rally Chile is in FIA World Rally Championship calendar and tricky conditions of the stages made the tire choice and car setup crucial. Kalle did the a dominant fastest time in SS4 and took the lead of WRC2 Pro and conquered his first season win in the WRC2 Pro category by a 23.6sec margin.
Kalle Rovanpera said ” After a difficult start for the season, this victory feels great. Thanks to our team Toksport WRT and everyone involved!”
Toksport WRT is leading the Team Championship for European Rally Championship after Rally Canarias. Double podium for Chris Ingram at Rally Canarias extended his lead in ERC1 Junior and he climbed to 2nd position in the overall leader board. Despite a slow start to the Rally and making the 16th time in the qualifying stage, he quickly gained his confidence and climbed up to 2nd overall by the end of the rally. Alexandros Tsouloftas was cautious at the beginning of his tarmac debut. He drove flawlessly and improved his times and managed to finish rally 4th in ERC1 Junior and 14th overall. By this result, he keeps his second position in ERC1 Junior.