25-year old Chris Ingram clinched the FIA 2019 European regional title after finishing fourth on the final round of this year’s series, the Hungary Rally based at Nyíregyháza.
He is the first British driver to win the series since Vic Elford in 1967 and was co-driven by Russ Whittock, son of the former WRC co-driver Dave Whittock.
Ingram’s title success was remarkable. He had never won an ERC qualifying round, this year finishing second in Canarias and Cyprus. He drove a Skoda Fabia R5 Evo, prepared by the German TOK Sport team.
Russian Citroen driver, Alexey Lukyanuk, led most of the way since the start, but fell back on the final stage of the two-day event with a puncture, the veteran Hungarian Frigyes Turan eventually winning in a Skoda.
Alexey Lukyanuk in a Citroen C3 R5.
Bad weather caused the cancellation of the final stage.
Ingram finished the season nine points in front of Lukyanuk.
Many top drivers suffered punctures, while championship contender Lukasz Habaj had broken suspension.
“It’s been a very hard road to get here but this is everything to us,” said the 25-year-old Ingram.
“Thank you so much to everyone who has helped us, everyone who has supported us. The support has been absolutely unbelievable and we are so grateful."
A puncture slowed champion Chris Ingram's progress.
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