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Ingram triumphs at the North West Stages

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The British driver emerges victorious in a race marked by numerous retirements and the cancellation of two stages.

The first round of the British Rally Championship concludes as expected, with Chris Ingram and Alex Kihurahi clinching victory in their Volkswagen Polo GTi R5 from Melvyn Evans Motorsport.

The former ERC champion’s start is impressive, with a double initial scratch that makes it clear to competitors who the man to beat in this BRC will be. It’s worth noting that the first loop of stages was characterized by numerous retirements and incidents, leading to significant delays in the race and forcing the race direction to cancel two special stages (SS4 and SS5) to allow the completion of the second loop of stages.

The only one attempting to keep pace with Ingram was Osian Pryce, the British champion of 2022, but he was forced to retire on SS7 due to a mechanical issue with his Ford Fiesta Rally2, clearing the way for victory for the Melvyn Evans Motorsport team.

Following this race, Ingram will abandon the Volkswagen Polo GTi R5 to compete with the new Toyota Yaris GR rally2 starting from the next event on the BRC calendar.

In second place was Irishman William Creighton, driving the Ford Fiesta rally2. A growing performance from the Junior WRC champion, adding to his podium in Ireland at the Cork Rally, enhanced by two stage wins, a result that bodes well for the Croatia Rally in the WRC2. Meirion Evans closes the podium, making his debut on British soil with the Toyota Yaris GR rally2 adorned with Castrol colors.

The top 5 is completed by James William in the Hyundai i20 rally2, while fifth place went to the experienced Neil Roskell in the Ford Fiesta rally2. The race concluded with a retirement in the final stages of Max McRae’s debut at the wheel of a rally2 car. However, it was a positive outing for the young Briton who set several promising times, positioning himself as a dangerous rookie in the remaining seasonal races.”