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.”
Larnaca based Rally Cyprus took place on the winding roads of the nearby mountains of Troödos. Orhan Avcioglu and Burcin Korkmaz duo took their best result so far in FIA ERC and completed the rally in 5th position. The Cyprus Rally has been a mixed surface event combining both gravel and asphalt stages. On Friday, June 15, the ceremonial took place in the Finikoudes beachfront and the crews started this tough rally. Orhan Avcioglu said” I am very happy to finish this tough rally in 5th position and have valuable points for the championship” The next rally of the championship will be in Italy at Rally Roma.
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.
Toksport WRT will be racing with 2 crews in Rally Sweden as the opening round of 2018 season. Finnish drivers Janne Tuohino and Reeta Hämäläinen will be competing in Skoda Fabia R5. The second Skoda Fabia R5 will also be driven by Finnish drivers Jarmo Berg and Rami Suorso and both crews will score points for Toksport WRT.
Toksport WRT drivers Orhan Avcioglu and Burcin Korkmaz were at the penultimate round of WRC, Wales Rally GB. The duo was on the Wales gravel for the first time and they went off the road in the stage and had a slight damage on the car. Except for the damage to the car, they had no mechanical problem until the end of the rally and with a good pace, they managed to finish rally 14th among 22 WRC2 cars and 33rd in overall.
Toksport WRT drivers Orhan Avcioglu and Burcin Korkmaz climbed to leadership at Balkan Rally Tropy after winning the Serbia Rally. After a 2 day battle with Plamen Staykov , Orhan made an enough gap before the last stage for winning the rally. Toksport WRT drivers for Group N, Menderes Okur and Ufuk Uluocak also made a good job and completed second in European Rally Trophy and finished 9th overall in Rally Serbia.
Toksport WRT drivers Menderes Okur and Ufuk Uluocak wins Group N in their Mitsubishi Evo IX at 42nd Yesil Bursa Rally. They led the Group N category from the beginning of the rally and finished on the top in his class. Orhan Avcioglu and Burcin Korkmaz retired in their Ford Fiesta R5 with an engine failure in the first stage of the rally. The exhaust manifold was broken and as a result, they lost the power and had to retire.
Toksport WRT drivers Orhan Avcioglu and Burçin Korkmaz claimed their first victory at Ege Rally in the opening round of Turkish Rally Championship. The duo completed the rally with a gap of 1 minute 16 seconds to their closest rival. Toksport WRT Group N drivers Menderes Okur and Ufuk Uluocak missed the podium chance just by 0.1 seconds and completed the rally 4th in Group N and 10th overall.