Ingram gets An­drews back­ing for ERC Ju­nior

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Al­most 25 years since An­drews Heat for Hire graced Rus­sell Brookes’ rally cars for the fi­nal time, the brand will re­turn this year to back works Opel driver Chris Ingram.

Ingram drove an Opel for the first time in Fe­bru­ary at Stoneleigh Park – an ex-brookes Manta in the An­drews liv­ery from the mid-1980s – un­der the watch­ful eyes of Brookes.

The fa­mous name – now An­drews Sykes – will grace Ingram’s Opel as he leads the reign­ing Euro­pean Rally Cham­pi­onship Ju­nior cat­e­gory-win­ning Opel team.

“The op­por­tu­nity re­ally came about when I met Rus­sell Brookes at Race Retro a few months ago [ see MN fea­ture p21],” said Ingram.

“Kevin Furber and I pro­duced a video of Rus­sell and I was driv­ing the clas­sic Opel Manta he won the Bri­tish Cham­pi­onship in. Rus­sell kindly for­warded the video onto Mr An­drews and it all went from there. The guys at An­drews Sykes loved the idea of get­ting back into the sport with an am­bi­tious young Bri­tish Opel driver.

“It will be an hon­our to rep­re­sent such an iconic name in ral­ly­ing, 25 years af­ter their deal ended with Rus­sell. Many peo­ple have helped this come to­gether, es­pe­cially Rus­sell, who I’d like to thank for his rec­om­men­da­tion.”

Brookes: Iconic An­drews liv­ery

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