Last weekend marked a genuine landmark in the career of Chris Ingram – and he certainly didn’t disappoint! The 24-year-old got his first taste of World Rally Championship action in Turkey, fulfilling a lifetime ambition in the process.
The gruelling contest spanned four days with Chris and two other WRC2 drivers prominently positioned on the leaderboard at the close of action on Saturday.
And Sunday’s finale saw the Heat for Hire-sponsored man secure third place in the WRC2 category and a top ten finish overall, marking an astonishing introduction to World Championship rallying.
Reflecting afterwards, Chris said: “A podium on our WRC2 debut at Rally Turkey and probably even better – an overall top 10 amongst the best rally drivers in the world! Our strategy worked perfectly despite two punctures. Massive thanks to everyone who supported us! Dream come true!”
Unsurprisingly, Chris’s fans have been revelling in his success but for the man himself, there is no time for rest!
His attention has already turned to Rally Poland, which commences on Friday 21 September. Chris has the opportunity to make up ground on current ERC Junior U28 leader Fabian Kreim with just two rallies remaining.
A big performance here will set up a fantastic end to the European Rally Championship campaign culminating in a final showdown at the Rally Liepaja in Latvia next month. Best of luck, Chris!