Chris Ingram (22, Manchester) and Elliott Edmondson (Codriver, 22, London) are ready to set off on the long journey to the Mid-Atlantic’s Sao Miguel Island for the 2017 European Rally Championship season to get underway at next week’s Rallye Azores.
The young Brits will take part in their second season with the factory-backed Opel Rallye Junior Team. They will compete in the class-dominating ADAM R2, and will be joined by new team-mates; RedBull backed Tamara Molinaro from Italy and Marcus Gronholm’s protégée Jari Huttunen from Finland.
2016 FIA ERC3 Champion Ingram has a solid record at the Rallye Azores with one victory and two second places from three appearances in ERC Junior and will be looking to get back on the top step of the podium. In 2015 he secured his first ever ERC class victory with a dominant performance with Peugeot UK and also won the Colin McRae Flat Out Trophy. In 2016 with Opel he led the event after stage 8 but picked up a puncture losing 40 seconds which dropped him from 1st to 2nd position.
Chris commented “After collecting the ERC 2 wheel drive title with Opel last season we are so motivated for our target to win the European ‘Under 27’ Junior Rally championship. I have a years worth of experience with the incredible ADAM R2 on the challenging European events and I’m confident I can put my knowledge to good use with Elliott alongside again in 2017. I feel our package is stronger than ever so I just can’t wait to get back behind the wheel in the Azores on Monday during our test session!
“From a driver’s point of view the Azores is one of the most difficult rallies
of the season, It requires a lot of patience in the technical sections and concentration on the fast, especially when it’s foggy which is typical of the weather conditions on the Island. Setting a great stage time is very rewarding in those conditions”
“We have a massive opportunity to win one of the best prizes in rallying
thanks to the tremendous amount of support we’ve had over the past season. It’s thanks to Opel, Andrews Sykes, 11 Degrees and everyone that has backed us up to this stage that we are able to compete in Europe and represent the UK on such a high profile series”
Elliott Edmondson commented “I’m really looking forward to getting back to work with Chris and the Opel team and repeating some of our success from last year. It will be my first time in the Azores and I’m excited for the challenge as I’ve heard and seen a lot about the event. I have spent a lot of time over winter with Chris practicing making pacenotes and I feel his notes have become more precise which will give us confidence. We appreciate everyone’s support and we’re both confident we can deliver a strong result to kick start the championship”
Wednesday 29th March: City stage
Thursday 30th March: Qualifying. Rally Day 1.
Friday 31st March: Rally Day 2.
Saturday 1st April. Rally Day 3 & Finish.
About the ERC
The FIA European Rally Championship is the oldest international rally series in the world and is promoted by Eurosport Events. March to October.
ERC Junior U27 is for drivers under the age of 27 competing in R2 (Front wheel drive) cars on Pirelli tyres. With the best four rounds from six counting, the U27 winner will receive a career progression fund worth 100,000 euros to compete for the overall ERC title in 2018 in an R5 (Four wheel drive) rally car, and also compete for the ERC U28 prize drive of one world rally championship round in a world rally car.
Chris will also contest the FIA ERC3 class (2 wheel drive no drop scores) which he won in 2016.
British Eurosport TV
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