INGRAM CELEBRATES EUROPEAN TITLE WITH DOMINANT RALLY GB WIN FOR NETWORK Q AND OPEL
- EUROPEAN CHAMPION INGRAM MAKES HISTORY BECOMING THE FIRST DRIVER TO WIN BOTH BRITISH RALLY LEGEND’S AWARDS, THE ERC’S COLIN MCRAE TROPHY AND RALLY GB’S RICHARD BURNS TROPHY.
- 2X 2-WHEEL-DRIVE AND UNDER 27 FIA EUROPEAN RALLY CHAMPION, CHRIS INGRAM, WINS 2-WHEEL-DRIVE CLASS ON HOME WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND IN THE “UNION FLAG” ADAM.
- THE 23 YEAR OLD BRIT WINS CLASS AT WALES RALLY GB BY 12 MINUTES AND 24.5 SECONDS IN HIS VAUXHALL NETWORK Q-BACKED OPEL ADAM R2, CO-DRIVEN BY 26 YEAR OLD ROSS WHITTOCK.
Cheshire’s Chris Ingram has completed “a dream end to a perfect season” marking his third class victory at Wales Rally GB in-front of record breaking British crowds.
Ingram and fellow Englishman and MSA Academy backed co-driver Ross Whittock ended their season with the Opel Motorsport factory team in spectacular fashion giving the iconic Vauxhall Network Q brand a victory in the classic Welsh forests dominating 19 out of 21 stages in the ADAM R2.
In addition to victories in the Azores, Gran Canaria and Latvia where he clinched the European title and €100,000 Euro cash prize, Ingram said the Rally GB win for Network Q was a career highlight and the “icing on the cake”.
“It was probably the most challenging rally I’ve competed in. The conditions were extremely tough for a two-wheel-drive rally car, but the ADAM mastered everything thrown at it. One of my career highlights was definitely the Saturday night stages in the fog. We managed to set our best stage times there against the four-wheel-drive R5 machinery and show the ADAM’s massive potential. I must say It was a huge team effort as Ross guided me perfectly through every inch of those stages in the blanket fog, and the team kept us in the rally by changed our gearbox in 20 minutes in the service beforehand!”
“I had mixed emotions at the end of the rally and probably the most crucial season of my career. It has been an amazing journey with Opel over the last two seasons, they are a passionate team used to winning and have believed in me from the start on every event across the European championship. For them to come together with Network Q to back me to compete and win on my home rally has been a dream come true and the best way of ending this chapter.”
“I would like to express my gratitude to the whole team at Opel, Holzer Motorsport and Vauxhall Network Q for their support and also like to say a huge thanks to my personal sponsors Andrews Heat for Hire, 11 Degrees, CarFinance247 and Express Solicitors for making it possible, to my excellent co-driver Ross Whittock for guiding me to the title, and of course all of our passionate supporters on the stages and on social media!”
About Chris Ingram:
Chris Ingram is a 23 year old professional rally driver and brand ambassador from Manchester, England. In 2016 Chris became the first British rally driver to win an FIA European class title in 49 years when he won the FIA two-wheel-drive European Rally Championship (ERC3) driving for Opel Motorsport.
Chris also became the first rally driver to win the MSA Young Driver of the Year award in 2012 and has been a member of the MSA’s Team UK elite driver squad since winning the award.
This season (2017) Chris won the FIA ERC Under 27 and ERC3 titles in the factory Opel Motorsport ADAM R2, and plans to move up to an R5 category car in 2018 for a full season targeting the overall European Rally Championship title.
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