YOUNG BRITS CONTROL JUNIORS FROM THE START AT THE BARUM RALLY
Opel works rally driver Chris Ingram has taken a commanding victory and 5th consecutive podium at round 5 of the FIA Junior European Rally Championship – the Barum Czech Rally Zlín.
Following on from an early retirement at WRC Rallye Deutschland the week before, Ingram (22) and co-driver Elliott Edmondson (21) bounced back in style in Zlín after leading the 230km event from start to finish in the ERC Junior and ERC3 categories. They faced stiff competition from team mate and title rival Marijan Griebel and ERC3 registered driver and 3x European Rally Champion Luca Rossetti In his factory Toyota R3.
Ingram stated strategy as one of the keys to victory on the asphalt rally, as he pushed from the very first run. Setting fastest two-wheel-drive time on SS1- the city stage in Zlin centre infront of 100,000 spectators. The opening leg would see the Brits take 7 stage wins from 9. Ingram managed his lead on the final day to consolidate his first victory of the season and 5th consecutive ERC podium for Opel Motorsport.
Jörg Schrott – Director of Opel Motorsport stated: ”
Chris did a fantastic job this weekend. He was the best driver there was in an R2 car at the Barum rally. Unbelievable fast on the first leg, very clever managing his advantage on the second leg with the right balance of safeness and speed! Five podiums at five events speaks for itself. Chris is doing a superb season and so he has best chances to win the ERC Junior Title deservedly.”
Chris added “we are absolutely delighted to have taken the win here. After my two most recent crashes have been WRC Germany last week and here in Barum last year, so it was quite difficult mentally to believe we could win. We dug deep and really wanted it. I had some great advice from Jan Kopecky before the event and came up with a strategy. I was in sync with the car, setup and my co-driver on the bumpy and technical stages so was able to push to the limit when needed to build a lead of 47 seconds after the first leg. My Opel team did an awesome job to keep the Adam R2 running perfectly as it was a tough event for many teams.
It was a huge team effort and it’s thanks to all the guys, Elliott, my partners and supporters who all played a big part in this result!”
Elliott Edmondson commented “We made very good pacenotes and Chris was able to drive to them confidently but without taking risks to set fastest times regularly. It’s a great feeling to get to the finish stage by stage to see we were fastest. The event was like clockwork and we’re looking forward to the championship finale in Latvia”