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.
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.
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.
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.
Toksport WRT drivers scored the maximum points at Azores Rallye for ERC1 Junior. The opening round of FIA European Rally Championship had very difficult and tricky conditions and it was very challenging for drivers. Chris Ingram – Ross Whittock duo aimed to be on the podium for the overall classification and to win ERC1 Junior class for the rally. Despite having spins and flat tyres, they managed to win ERC1 Junior class and finish the race 3rd overall. It is the second time that Ingram wins ERC1 Junior at Azores Rally with Toksport WRT in a Skoda Fabia R5.
Toksport WRT’s Cypriot drivers Alex Tsouloftas and Antonis Chrysostomou did a very good job on their first experience in Skoda Fabia R5 and first time run at Azores Rally. They completed the rally second in ERC1 Junior and seventh overall. “Wow, what a rally! I never thought about it being this difficult, I’m really happy being second on the podium and those points for the ERC1 Junior, I’m really happy ” said Alex after the last stage. The next race of the Team will be Rally Canarias.
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Chris Ingram-Ross Whittock duo is P2 overall on the final round of the ERC in Latvia. Despite his illness throughout the season, it is a great success to finalize the season in P2 in the U28 FIA European Rally Championship. Chris Ingram said, “So proud of our development through the year, hopefully we can return with a year of 4WD experience. Massive thanks to everyone who supported us”
Team’s second crew Orhan Avcioglu-Burcin Korkmaz was 8th overall at the end of the rally and by this result they have completed the season in 16 th position. Avcioglu said “it was a very positive season for us, thanks for support of our team, our families, of everyone. Hopefully, we´ll come back and next time we´ll do better”
The penultimate round of FIA ERC took place in Poland. Chris Ingram had his first international overall podium after the succesfull WRC Rally Turkey. After a 2 days long battle Ingram managed to finish the race in P3 overall. He said ” It’s amazing weekend, it’s our first international podium. We learned so much, we started from tenth place but we improved all the rally.” Orhan-Burcin duo was P11 after the last stage. He said he was happy to find the right setup for the car for next year.
The final round of the FIA ERC will be in Latvia at 12th of October.
Chris Ingram bounced back from his illness-enforced Rally Islas Canarias exit in style with a strong second place in the FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship on Rally di Roma Capitale last weekend.
Ingram started Rally Islas Canarias on a high after winning his category on the season-opening Azores Airlines Rallye only to pull out in the early stages in Gran Canaria after feeling unwell.
But following a period of treatment and recuperation, Ingram was back in action in Italy for what was his first major event on Tarmac in the ŠKODA Fabia R5 he shares with co-driver and fellow Briton Ross Whittock.
As well as finishing runner-up in ERC Junior Under 28, Ingram clocked his first outright stage win in the FIA European Rally Championship.
“I’m really happy and winning a stage outright is definitely a massive boost up against some proper rallying legends,” said Ingram, the 2017 ERC Junior Under 27 champion. “The competition has been the best I’ve ever faced, not just from the local guys but Alexey Lukyanuk, Nikolay Gryazin, so many fast drivers were here.
“I thought it was all over when we hit that rock on Saturday and got the puncture because it was a really heavy impact and the steering was out after that. It’s a miracle we didn’t have the biggest crash ever because the boulder was the size of a dog.
“We’ve shown some really promising speed so massive thanks to the team. I’m looking forward to see what the future brings in this car and with this team. We’ve got some really important points for the championship, now for a big attack in Barum.”
Second round of FIA European Rally Championship , Rally Canarias enden prematurely for Chris Ingram due to health reasons on stage 3. Chris was feeling unwell whole week but attempted to start the rally. The team and Chris decided that it is too dangerous to continue under the bad health conditions and he retired. He hopes to recover until the third round of the series, Acropolis Rally.
Orhan Avicoglu has gained a lot of experience in Skoda Fabia R5 on tarmac stages of Canarias and he managed to finish 15th overall in the rally. He said ” Everything was good, big thanks for my team, they were great. We learned a lot. We didn’t take any big risk, we wanted mainly to make ot through” after the last stage.
Despite having mechanical problems during the Rally, the Lebanese driver Gilbert Bannout managed to finish third in ERC2 in a Subaru Impreza.
Chris Ingram crowned his FIA European Rally Championship four-wheel-drive debut with an ERC Junior U28 class victory. During the 3 days close competition, Ingram had 6 best times out of 15 stages in U28. The battle continued until the last stage Tronqueira 2 and Ingram won U28 by 1 minute 08 seconds gap.
Menderes Okur completed the race 4th in ERC2 and scored valuable points for the championship. Orhan Avcioglu had an unfortunate crash in the 11th stage and retired.