November 15, 2015 michaeljenkins

Ingram’s Debut 2nd Place Cruelly taken in Welsh Forests!

Flying High

England’s current number 1 Rally driver Chris Ingram’s debut 2nd place position in the Junior WRC was taken by a swamp on the road section before the penultimate stage of Wales Rally GB this morning.

It was the 21 year old’s first rally competing in a turbo race car, the Citroen DS3 Max, so 2nd place runners Chris Ingram & Gabin Moreau were delighted with their pace, that got quicker over each leg of the event despite driving sensibly. The team’s highlight was probably setting the fastest JWRC stage time on Stage 14, Dyfnant, in the dark and fog!

Chris delighted to be running in 2nd position

Chris delighted to be running in 2nd position

On Day 3, immediately after ss17 and commencing the road section to the penultimate stage, Chris Ingram and Gabin Moreau were forced to drive the DS3 Max through a deep swamp which wet a sensor and stalled the car. Chris continues…

 

 

“As soon as the car cut out I just had a bad feeling that was it. We got pushed through the swamp kindly by a fellow competitor in a 4WheelDrive and tried desperately to get our mechanic heads on, tools out of the boot. We attempted to clean the sensors but the car unfortunately wouldn’t restart. It’s pretty gutting as rallies should be won or lost on stages not road sections! 2 other DS3s also retired there.”

The swamp which ended Chris' & Gabin's stunning drive

The swamp which ended Chris’ & Gabin’s stunning drive

“Still it was an amazing experience in those WRC conditions and I’m really happy on average we were only 0.5 secs per kilometre slower than the leader whilst learning the car and I admit being nervous and cautious after my bad crash on the last event.”

“I want to say a massive thanks to the team Autosport Technology, It was a pleasure, to our sponsors Conygar- Investing in Wales, to my codriver Gabin Moreau, to Kris Warnez, Adrian Lynam, Ian Allsop, Kevin Furber and my family for their support and all the marshals for volunteering in the horrific conditions.” – Chris Ingram

 

The Chris Ingram Rally team will now regroup ahead of achieving 2016 ambitions!

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