In­gram hope­ful ahead of Adam gravel de­but on Azores ERC event he won last year

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This week­end’s Azores Rally will mark Chris In­gram’s gravel de­but in a fac­tory Opel Adam R2.

The Manch­ester driver is at home on the Por­tuguese is­land, hav­ing won the ERC Ju­nior cat­e­gory last sea­son and fin­ished run­ner-up first time out in 2014. He is wary, how­ever, of pre­dict­ing backto-back Ju­nior suc­cess due to his lack of loose sur­face com­pe­ti­tion in the Opel.

“I know how to win in the Azores,” he said, “but we just need to see how we go with the car there. I’ve done a day test­ing on gravel and the Opel’s great, the trou­ble is, you can’t find any­where to test that’s like the Azores – it’s just so dif­fer­ent to ev­ery­where else!”

In­gram won his class on the Sach­sen Ral­lye in Ger­many 10 days ago and he says that suc­cess has given him con­fi­dence.

“I’ve also got good con­fi­dence in the Azores,” he said. “I’ve made notes and com­peted there a few times, so when the fog comes in, I’ve got a good idea of what the road’s go­ing to be like. And I love the place, it’s just awe­some.” ● Reign­ing ERC cham­pion and Azores favourite Ka­je­tan Ka­je­tanow­icz will make his world cham­pi­onship de­but on his na­tive Rally Poland at the end of this month in a Ford Fi­esta R5. He won the event in 2013 and 2010 when it counted for Euro­pean points.

In­gram:won Azores in 2015

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