In­gram is joined by Ed­mond­son for Es­to­nia

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Chris In­gram will look to de­fend his Euro­pean Rally Cham­pi­onship Ju­nior cat­e­gory lead in Es­to­nia with a new co-driver.

In­gram is joined by El­liott Ed­mond­son, who has spent this year sat with Neil Simp­son in the Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship. How­ever, Simp­son has had to miss the last two rounds through work com­mit­ments.

“I’ve done a few things in the ERC be­fore, I’ve done the Cir­cuit of Ire­land this year and in the Ju­niors last year,” said 21-year-old Ed­mond­son. “It’s a much big­ger step up mov­ing into the Opel team and hope­fully if it goes well we can pre­pare some sort of part­ner­ship.”

The deal is in place for just the one round but has the po­ten­tial to be ex­tended fur­ther.

“There was some­thing miss­ing in the car so I’ve de­cided to go with a lo­cally based co-driver,” said In­gram, who com­peted with Ka­trin Becker on the ear­lier ERC rounds. “We only turned up to the event and we were ex­pected to win, which was dif­fi­cult [with­out more prepa­ra­tion]. No dis­re­spect to her as she’s a great co-driver.

“He’s a sim­i­lar age to me but de­spite that age he’s got a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence. He’s a re­ally pos­i­tive and con­fi­dent char­ac­ter.”

In­gram leads team-mate Mar­i­jan Griebel by 15 points.

In­gram leads Ju­nior stand­ings in his Opel with two rounds to go

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