The MSA Academy congratulates Team UK’s Chris Ingram on being crowned the 2017 FIA European U27 Junior Rally Champion and ERC3 Champion on Rally Liepaja, the final round of the championship (8 September).
Twenty-three-year-old Ingram and MSA Academy co-driver Ross Whittock sealed the title after class wins at Azores Airlines Rallye, Rally Islas Canarias and Rally Liepaja aboard their Opel Adam R2.
Ingram has been a part of the MSA Academy talent development pathway for six years, first joining the AASE programme aged 16 in 2011. Now a member of the Team UK national squad, he has access to a bespoke development programme under his designated Performance Manager, James Wozencroft.
Ingram said: “All of the hard work over the last four years in this class has paid off with this amazing title win. The MSA Academy has played a massive part in helping me achieve this success and I hope it will bring more opportunities in the near future and one day help me progress to the WRC. I would like to say a special thanks to my performance coach James Wozencroft for his passion and support over the last years working with me on Team UK!”
Twenty-six-year-old Whittock added: “What a great experience these last two rallies have been for me; I have learned so much. To help Chris win these titles is an amazing feeling. I cannot thank Chris and Opel enough for this opportunity.”
Ingram’s success capped a stunning weekend for UK talent on the international stage. Northern Ireland’s Kris Meeke scored his fifth FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) victory on the Rally de Catalunya, while 19-year-old George Russell took a step closer to F1 by being crowned the GP3 Series champion at Jerez in Spain.
Image: Chris Ingram and Ross Whittock on Rally Liepaja, courtesy of FIA ERC/Gregory Lenormand/DPPI.
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