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Chris Ingram Starts His WRC Debut Season

Photo courtesy of Chris Ingram/facebook.
FORMER John Easson Scholarship winner Chris Ingram makes his debut in the World Rally Championship this weekend when he starts Rally Croatia.

The 26-year-old will tackle six rounds of the series in the WRC3 category, driving a Belgian-prepared Skoda Rally2 Evo.
“It’s a dream come true and the biggest opportunity of my life,” said Chris, who has a two year programme under the Rally Warrior banner.
“I would like to thank everyone who has supported me along the way and made this a reality. It feels fantastic to be here in Croatia, I cannot wait for the start.
“The first year is all about keeping a cool head, getting in as many competitive miles in as possible, and learning everything there is to know. I need to do that to get myself in a position where I can go for the top results in the second year.”
Ingram won the 2300 Club’s 2013 John Easson Award, collecting the coveted £4,000 prize after impressing the judging panel  led by JEA manager Allan Durham.
“On behalf of everyone at the 2300 Club, we’d like to wish Chris and his co-driver Ross Whittock every success on their WRC debut this weekend. We’ll be watching their progress very closely,” said Allan.
Ingram  started out at the age of 15 in the British Junior Rally Championship F1000 category, quickly establishing himself as one of the sport’s brightest young stars.
And he made history in 2019 when, against all the odds, he became the first driver in 52 years to win the FIA European Rally Champion title, competing on a shoestring budget that came about through a remarkable crowdfunding intitiative
Although he has only eight WRC starts to his name, he has proved himself more than capable of swapping times with the best, taking three class wins on Rally GB. He also finished ninth overall and third in WRC2 at Rally Turkey in 2018 – one place ahead of Sebastien Ogier.
Based in the capital city of Zagreb, the rally first ran in 1974 as the Delta Rally and formed part of the FIA European Championship until 2013. All the stages are asphalt.

For more Rally Croatia information visit: www. wrc.com

By Neil Johnson

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