In­gram back to ERC with works Opel squad

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Chris In­gram will re­turn to the Euro­pean Rally Cham­pi­onship with the works Opel squad for 2017.

In­gram – who had been con­sid­er­ing switch­ing to an R5 in the Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship – fin­ished sec­ond in the cham­pi­onship with the team last year. He won the ERC 3 cat­e­gory cham­pi­onship for two-wheel-drive cars.

“I think it’s what I needed to do,” said the 22-year-old of his re­turn to the team. “Last year I ma­tured so much as a driver thanks to their back­ing and learn­ing from such a pro­fes­sional team that it should be the year.

“I know the car well now, it would have been nice to have had Ypres and Ire­land again as I think I would have done well there, but Rome and Ca­naries sound good, they’re new chal­lenges.”

The Manch­ester driver has tar­geted noth­ing short of win­ning the ti­tle and has been touted as the favourite.

“The plan is to win and then to go for the Euro­pean ti­tle next year,” he added. “We’ll try and get some R5 test­ing dur­ing the year and just get ev­ery­thing lined up for that. That’s the big am­bi­tion and that’s why An­drews is back­ing me.”

In­gram will be joined by Finn Jari Hut­tunen, who won the drive as ADAC Opel Ral­lye Cup cham­pion in 2016, and Ital­ian Ta­mara Moli­naro.

In­gram:sec­ond year with OPEL,ERC

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