The fifth round of this season’s ERC Junior competition takes place in Italy this weekend, with current champion Chris Ingram looking to make up ground on leader Aleks Zawada.
Just three points separate the pair going into the penultimate race – the Rally di Roma Capitale – with the battle for title glory finely poised. This is the first time the rally has appeared on the ERC schedule, meaning all drivers are entering unchartered territory at a crucial stage of competition!
Despite a degree of unfamiliarity surrounding the 198.88-kilometre all-asphalt track, Chris was extremely upbeat about his chances prior to setting off for Italy.
The 23-year-old beamed: “I’m really looking forward to competing in Rome and it’s going to be a huge buzz. The first stage is right next to The Colosseum so I’m expecting it to be another high-profile event. I can’t wait to get started!”
Chris will be joined in the Opel Adam by new co-driver Ross Whittock, with the pair working together for the first time. Ross is the son of former Skoda WRC team member Dave, who was widely considered to be one of the top co-drivers in world rallying during the 1980s.
Speaking of the partnership, Chris said: “I’m really pleased to have Ross alongside me as he’s someone who has already got a very good rallying pedigree.”
A good result in the Italian capital would set up a mouth-watering finale in Latvia next month and increase the possibility of Chris being in contention for a second successive ERC Junior title.
Everyone at Andrews Sykes will have their fingers crossed for the Heat for Hire-backed man in what could prove to be a season-defining weekend. Best of luck, Chris!