Motor Sport News - - Headline News - Pa­triot Stages, Septem­ber 26, MSA As­phalt Cham­pi­onship, Round 6/7

Chris In­gram is tar­get­ing a spot in the Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship in an R5 af­ter sig­nalling his in­tent to step up from R2 ma­chin­ery.

The Manch­ester driver missed out on the Euro­pean Rally Cham­pi­onship Ju­nior cat­e­gory cham­pi­onship in his works Opel Adam af­ter an elec­tri­cal is­sue ended his Rally Latvia as­sault ear­lier this month. The cham­pi­onship went to Ger­man team-mate Mar­i­jan Griebel.

Now the 22-year-old wants to com­pete on home soil next year and re­turn to the UK.

“It’s been the best year of my ca­reer, five podi­ums in a row, Euro­pean two-wheel-drive cham­pion, but we’ve been on the limit of R2 for a while,” said In­gram. “We def­i­nitely want to go R5, we need to stay in with a man­u­fac­turer and raise some bud­get, but I think driv­ing-wise I’m ready for it.”

In­gram be­lieves the re­birth of the Bri­tish cham­pi­onship has proven suc­cess­ful enough to at­tract drivers fromeu­rope.

“I think the BRC will be even bet­ter next year,” he said. “It has TV cov­er­age, a great cal­en­dar with Ypres be­ing back next year, it’s a great place to learn four-wheel drive. I think WRC2 is too much of a step and ERC has gone down­hill [in the R5 class]. I think we could do well but we need to find a good man­u­fac­turer link.”

In­gram wouldn’t con­firm which car he hopes to run next year, but he’s in­trigued by the Hyundai i20 R5, as-yet unseen in Bri­tain.

“It will be in­ter­est­ing to see how the Hyundai gets on in Cor­sica [WRC],” he added. “The Skoda Fabia looks like the car to have at the mo­ment but that could change.”


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