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Ingram Azores15c– This time last year Chris Ingram was chosen to represent PEUGEOT UK in the ERC Junior
– Ahead are demanding stages of the Barum Rally Zlín – the Czech Republic’s biggest motor sport event
– Exciting finale to the 2015 ERC Junior championship lies ahead, as Chris aims for victory

It is exactly 12 months since PEUGEOT UK unveiled its new rising young rally star. The new team has come a long way in such a short time, and now its driver, Chris Ingram, has a chance to be crowned vice champion in one of the sport’s most competitive championships, as the 2015 ERC Junior series reaches an exciting climax on the Barum Czech Rally Zlín.

Co-driven by Gabin Moreau, Ingram has been by far the top British driver in the ERC Junior championship this year, and has challenged for rally wins throughout the series, with strong performances on snow, tarmac and gravel. Despite ferocious international competition, the 21-year-old Manchester-based driver has driven consistency which he has developed into driving with great speed, illustrated by Ingram’s magnificent victory on Rally Azores.

Of the 27 ERC Juniors, Ingram is one of only five drivers in with a chance of finishing runner-up in the prestigious ERC Junior championship, and his season-long form makes him the pre-event favourite to succeed.

This year’s Barum Czech Rally Zlín takes place over 15 fast, narrow and often bumpy Tarmac stages in southern Moravia, with the 142 miles of flat-out competition made all the more demanding by the changeable grip levels and unpredictable weather. The tricky nature of the event should be ideally suited to the superb handling and performance capabilities of the PEUGEOT UK, TOTAL Lubricants and PEUGEOT Financial Services supported 208 R2 rally car.

The rally begins with a ceremonial start in the centre of Zlín at 17.00 (local time) on Friday 28th August, before the opening stage of the event – three laps of the Zlín city super-special stage. Leg one continues the following day (Saturday 29th August), with a tricky loop of four tough stages, tackled twice. After a total of 88 miles, leg one draws to a close at 23.30. The second and final leg on Sunday 30th August gets underway at 07.20 and contains a further six stages, totalling 54 miles. The day includes two runs over the famous Troják test which, at 14.2-miles, is the longest of the event. The finish ceremony takes place back in Zlín at 16.00. The service park is located outside the Barum tyre factory in the nearby town Otrokovice.

Speaking ahead of the Barum Czech Rally Zlín, Chris commented: “It would be brilliant to finish runner-up in the ERC Junior championship – that’s certainly our aim for the Barum Rally and we will be pushing hard for that result. I finished the rally last year, so I have a good feel for the roads and know my way around. The event is a real challenge, and I like it a lot. The roads are more like you would find in Britain, with quite fast, flowing, narrow and bumpy stages. In terms of road surface it’s a lot closer to home than rallies in France, Belgium or Spain.

“The Czech rally marks one-year since I’ve been a PEUGEOT UK driver. I can’t believe it’s only been twelve months since this partnership began, because we have done so much together in and out of the ERC and it has been an awesome experience for me. To celebrate our first anniversary together, I’m aiming to drive a clean rally, get a top result and finish the championship on a high!”

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