Ingram and Duggan suffer nightmare weekends
Much hype was made of the Team Network Q Vauxhall Adam R2 entry into Wales Rally GB, but the event couldn’t have gone any worse for its drivers Chris Ingram and Rob Duggan.
Ingram, this year’s European two-wheeldrive rally champion, had an accident on the way to shakedown, colliding with a car on the road section in what was the worst possible start to the event.
SS1 looked better for Ingram as he caught and passed a four-wheel-drive R5 car in the test, but on the startline of SS2 he sheared a driveshaft and his day was over. A Saturday return beckoned.
With all Ingram’s troubles, it looked like Robert Duggan would be the closest competitor to class leader Pepe Lopez. On SS5 Duggan had the lead as Lopez dropped time, but by SS7 the Killarney man was out. A small error resulted in a big crash as the little Adam suffered.
Ingram on the other hand returned and scraped through Saturday with the car not to his liking having not had a chance to do any proper set-up work on shakedown or the single stage he had completed on Friday.
He traded fastest times with Lopez on the final day, but will be left pondering what could have been.
Ingram struggled with Vauxhall Adam