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Sat 07 Jan 2023

Determined Ingram fights to keep WRC dreams alive

Briton Chris Ingram is fighting to find a way to start his WRC2 campaign at this month’s Rallye Monte-Carlo (19 - 22 January).

The former European Rally Champion has entered the Monaco-based event with Toksport, but his round one start was cast into doubt earlier this week with the loss of a sponsor for his 2023 programme.

“I’ve been in this position before and there’s only one way to deal with it and that’s to fight,” Ingram told WRC.com. “That’s exactly what I’m doing right now, I’m pushing like crazy to find a way. I’m so close to Monte, I can almost touch it.

“I’m talking to potential backers and trying to find the resource to be there, fighting for WRC2 honours.

“It’s Rallye Monte-Carlo, one of my strongest events. I did this rally for the first time in my life last year and just fell in love with it. It was such a challenge, such a brilliant event. And it’s one of the absolute classics, we have to be there.”

Ingram finished third in WRC2 Junior last year, winning two rounds. This time around he’s stepping up to challenge for the outright WRC2 title.

“The progression we made last year was strong and people at the top have noticed,” he said. “I know I have the pace, and I know Toksport will bring a car which is capable of winning.”

The plan is for Ingram to start in a 2022-specification Škoda Fabia Rally2 before progressing to a new car in the middle of the season.

Ingram added that he’s been overwhelmed with support from fans.

“It’s amazing the way people have reached out on social media,” he said. “People have been asking how they can support me financially on an individual basis and after a lot of thought, I decided to start a crowdfunding page.

“It’s so humbling to have fans and friends actually offering you money – especially at a time when we’re all so keenly aware of the incredibly challenging financial climate.”