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Bri­tish rally driver Chris In­gram will head a works Opel as­sault on the Euro­pean Rally Cham­pi­onship Ju­nior cat­e­gory in 2016.

The 21-year-old In­gram has com­peted in the ERC for the pre­vi­ous two years with a Peu­geot Uk-funded 208 R2, but will now move to the Opel team that claimed the cham­pi­onship with Swede Emil Bergkvist last year.

“It’s a proper fac­tory team and I’m re­ally ex­cited about that,” In­gram told MN. “When I went to the fac­tory it struck me that be­ing a works Opel driver is a mas­sive deal for me. Ev­ery­one in the fac­tory is re­ally be­hind the rally pro­gramme.”

In­gram was tar­geted by Opel as the man to de­fend their Ju­nior ti­tle as one of its clos­est chal­lengers last year, and In­gram will join one of last year’s driv­ers Mar­i­jan Griebel in the team for this cam­paign.

The third driver is ADAC Opel Ral­lye Cup win­ner Julius Tan­nert.

The Opel Adam R2 won four out of the six ERC Ju­nior rounds in 2015, with In­gram win­ning on Rally Azores for Peu­geot. The Brit suf­fered from me­chan­i­cal grem­lins in his ti­tle pur­suit, with an en­gine fail­ure in Ypres be­fore fuel pump trou­ble in Es­to­nia.

The Manch­ester driver is hop­ing that this is his op­por­tu­nity to take a first in­ter­na­tional ti­tle.

“This is the full pack­age and I’ve been wait­ing for the op­por­tu­nity to be in the best car, I’ve got that now and we need to go on and win the cham­pi­onship,” he said. “It won’t be easy but if we can get a good start in Latvia, we’ll push af­ter that.”

Ka­trin Becker will join In­gram in the co-driv­ers’ seat, af­ter his pre­vi­ous co-driver Gabin Moreau has moved on to sit with WRC driver Stephane Lefebvre.

In­gram will only have one test in the car be­fore Latvia.

He joins a long line of Bri­tish Opel works driv­ers in­clud­ing Jimmy Mcrae, David Llewellin and Mal­colm Wil­son.

Becker (l) joins In­gram at Opel

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