INGRAM SECURES NETWORK Q BACKING AFTER FLYING THE FLAG IN YPRES
European Rally Championship Under 27 leaders Chris Ingram and Elliott Edmondson displayed a dominant performance in their Opel Vauxhall ADAM R2, before retiring on the 18th stage of the gruelling 260 kilometre, 20-stage Ypres Rally.
The Network Q backed Brits in their Union flag liveried ADAM R2 literally flew through the classic Flanders fields stages. They climbed up to 6th position overall in the British Rally Championship standings amongst the powerful four-wheel drive R5 cars, in-front of a huge following of British and European fans that took the trip to Belgium.
Fellow Network Q ambassador and former winner of the Ypres Rally – Jimmy McRae – was one of the many used Vauxhall retailer guests spectating at the event, who also had some wise words for Chris. (As seen here.)
Chris stuck to Jimmy’s advice making a cautious start and assessing the Belgian and British opposition, at the same time setting up the car and learning his new Michelin tyres. Taking Jimmy’s advice even further he then took control of the R2 class to give the Network Q Opel an 18.4s lead over the Belgian Peugeot of Guillaume De Mevius at the overnight halt.
On Day 2 of the event, one of the longest days of any European rally, Ingram controlled the class lead holding a 31.9s lead at the mid-day service, despite coming to a stop for several seconds on SS11 Zillebeke whilst passionate spectators recovered a Skoda R5 running prior to Chris back on to the road. Chris noted: “It’s just as Jimmy (McRae) says – if you’re in the lead you have to manage it – too fast and you take risks, too slow and you have no margin for small mistakes at events such as this”
The second run through the Zillebeke stage, an area particularly synonymous with the First World War as it passes directly next to trenches. This was set to be Chris’s final fastest stage time of the weekend, however a gravelly corner on the following stage (18. Reninge) caused the 22 year old to slide off the road and become lodged in one of Ypres infamous ditches.
Chris commented “We were delighted with the ADAM’s performance running at the front of this prestigious event for over 200 kilometres. Because this was a new team partnership it was critical that we gained the credibility of a team that could set a giant killing performance, Team Network Q and all of our supporters were thrilled that we were the leading two wheel drive car and so excited that our little Adam was beating the mass majority of four wheel drive cars that started. The event was a one off to prove the value of marketing within the British Rally Championship and to receive the confirmation that Network Q has confirmed their agreement for myself and Elliott to be working for them as ambassadors for 2017, is the best news we could have hoped for. My immediate focus is to win the European Junior Rally Championship and ERC Team’s championship for Opel but I am now confident that Team Network Q will be seen on UK soil before the end of the year.”
“The level of competition from both the British Rally Championship Juniors and the local Belgian R2 heroes was just incredible and the standard of the event organisation was faultless – it adds a dimension to the British Rally Championship which really increases its attraction. Of course I was a little disappointed at the time to make a mistake so close to the finish however all-in-all it has been a fantastic event and we achieved all the performance and development targets we set – apart from us getting our 4th tarmac win in a row! I really have to thank Vauxhall Network Q and Opel Motorsport for providing the opportunity and also to my personal sponsors and the many, many supporters who came to cheer us on”
Network Q has agreed support to Chris and Elliott both financially and logistically for the remainder of their campaign in the European Rally Championship with Opel Motorsport’s Factory Junior Team. The collaboration will see Chris attend a number of Network Q events in the UK as well as play a role in Network Q’s ongoing national marketing and retailer network activities throughout the rest of the year. The sponsorship forms part of Network Q’s ‘Preparation is Everything’ campaign, which is designed to highlight the extensive preparation process each Network Q vehicle undergoes before sale. Chris added: “I am really excited to now start my new role as Network Q’s brand ambassador. I can’t wait to tell my followers about some of the awesome media opportunities in the near future!”
The Brits lead both ERC3 and the Under 27 Junior categories from two wins out of two in the Azores and Gran Canaria. The next round of the ERC is Poland’s Rally Rzeszow starting on the 3rd of August.
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About Network Q:
With a network of over 330 retailers, Network Q has been supplying the UK with the best used vehicles since 1990. Over 2.4 million happy customers have taken advantage of the comprehensive set of benefits offered by Network Q. Every car sold by Network Q comes with a minimum of one year warranty, 12 months roadside assistance, 30 day exchange pledge, the option to join the Network Q Service Club, Free to go Insurance and has been subject to the brands rigorous Multi-Point Check and Ownership promise.
Network Q offers one of the most thorough and reliable used car programmes ever developed, taking all of the worry out of buying quality used vehicles.
Network Q was the title sponsor of Britain’s round of the FIA World Rally Championship for ten years between 1993 and 2002.
About Chris Ingram:
Chris Ingram is a 22 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.
In 2017 Chris is joined again by young British co-driver Elliott Edmondson and together the 22 year olds have aspirations of winning the FIA ERC Under 27 and ERC3 titles in their Opel Motorsport ADAM R2, before moving up to an R5 category car in 2018 for a full season targeting the overall European Rally Championship title.
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