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Mon 26 Sep 2022

Ingram's title bid on the rocks after Acropolis roll

WRC2 Junior title aspirant Chris Ingram has vowed to do all he can to reach next month’s RallyRACC - Rally de España.

The Englishman was leading his category before crashing his Toksport Škoda spectacularly out of EKO Acropolis Rally Greece and now faces an uphill battle to find the funding to land a second major FIA title following his 2019 European Rally Championship crown.

“I’m definitely not giving up,” said the 28-year-old. “There’s still a chance for the title – OK, Emil [Lindholm] has had a good run of results – but I believe our speed has been getting better and better all year. There’s more to come from me and I’m not giving up.”

The CarFinance 247-backed Škoda slipped off the road at slow speed in Greece, but a steep ravine and a significant number of rolls meant plenty of panel damage.

“In terms of the engine and gearbox, I don’t think the car sustained too much damage," Ingram explained. "It sounds odd, but I think we could actually have carried on with the event. The fact we rolled so far down the bank meant most of the panels were damaged, but the mechanical side of the car wasn’t too bad. We need to put that behind us and focus on getting to Spain and next season.”

Ingram’s determined to build a challenge for the outright WRC2 title in 2023.

“I think we’re ready,” he said. “I know where my speed is against other drivers who are doing thousands of kilometres every season in these cars – I’m getting nothing like that seat time. Before Greece we drove the car for around 20 kilometres…

“Getting to Spain’s a big thing for me. I want that shot at the WRC2 Junior title, but fighting the likes of Andreas [Mikkelsen] for the main WRC2 [championship] next season is right up there as well.”