By Full Contact News and Views
Full Contact client Chris Ingram’s rally season finally got under this way weekend – and it was a successful Opel debut for the ERC Junior challenger.
After joining the Opel Motorsport works team in the off-season, the Circuit of Ireland hosted the first round of the FIA ERC Junior Championship – and not only was it a first time in his new Opel Adam R2 car, but also a first weekend with new co-driver Katrin Becker.
After a fairly solid and cautious opening day in difficult conditions in which Chris sat in fourth position overall (in both the ERC Junior and ERC3 classes) day 2 started in fine fashion. Winning the first two stages impressively, Chris retained that pace throughout the day (the fastest ERC Junior overall on day 2) – also winning stage 13 – as he soared in to second position overall.
Scoring 18 championship points in the ERC Junior and ERC3 standings for his second place finish, Chris also scored 11 additional leg classification points – meaning his opening weekend total of 29 points sees him 3 ahead of more experienced Opel team-mate Marijan Griebel and 8 behind early leader Lukasz Pieniazek in the ERC Junior Championship.
Chris will look to build on this fantastic start to this season, not least as he becomes more familiar with his new car, in early June as the ERC Junior battle next moves to the Azores. He will have good reason to be confident as he travels to the Portuguese islands – it was a rally which Chris won in 2015 as a ERC Junior Peugeot driver and so he will return keen to defend his crown.
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