Blog5 October 2017

Ingram prepares for title-deciding showdown in Latvia

The curtain comes down on the 2017 European Rally Championships this weekend, with just two points currently separating Chris Ingram and leader Filip Mares in the Junior U27 category.

Intrigued eyes will now be firmly fixed on the action in Latvia which commences on Friday 6 October at 20:30 local time.

First held in 2013, Rally Liepāja was set to open last year’s ERC schedule in February until excessive seasonal temperatures caused damage to stage surfaces – prompting safety concerns.

The subsequent autumn rescheduling has effectively led to an all-new rally as drivers and crews adjust to gravel stages free of snow and icy conditions.

Unsurprisingly, build-up to the event has been dominated by discussions of the battle for top spot. With one drive remaining, Chris is one of four competitors still in contention for the prestigious trophy and a potentially career-defining €100,000 progression prize.

Speaking earlier this week, the Mancunian said: “It’s gone down to the wire and should be a very exciting finale whatever happens. Hopefully we have some luck this time!”

Those sentiments are shared by everyone at Andrews Sykes, and we hope the Heat for Hire-supported phenomenon will be collecting his second successive title at the Great Amber concert call on Sunday night.