Peugeot UK Rally driver Chris Ingram proved that he’s as quick on circuits as he is on the stages, setting the fastest lap-times at the inaugural FIA World Rallycross Championship Talent Search shootout.
120 drivers entered the competition, and a total of 12 drivers made it to the final shootout which was held at Lydden Hill today – home to this weekend’s FIA World Rallycross Championship event. The shootout involved a mix of interviews and testing the 310bhp, mid-engined RX Lites car which is designed by Olsbergs MSE in co-operation with Avitas Motorsport.
The 20 year old faced some tough competition, including top British national rally drivers Euan Thorburn and Jason Pritchard, as well as rallycross and circuit racers including Freddie Hunt, the son of Formula 1 legend James Hunt.
Experienced 28 year old BTCC racer Tom-Onslow Cole won the overall prize-drive competition, judged by fellow BTCC driver Andrew Jordan, Olsbergs team boss Andreas Eriksson, World RX director Martin Anayi and former World Rally champion co-driver Robert Reid.
Chris Ingram will be back in action in the Peugeot UK 208 R2 when the European Rally Championship heads to SATA Rallye Azores in a fortnight (June 4-6)