Kroon-Oil is delighted to announce its partnership with Chris Ingram and Ross Whittock. The pair will debut in the FIA World Rally Championship and pilot a Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo of the SXM Competition team from Belgium.
The 26-year-old Chris Ingram from Manchester was European Rally Champion in 2019, the first Briton since motorsport all-rounder Vic Elford claimed the coveted title 52 years previously. He has joined forces with the vastly successful SXM Competition team from Belgium to pilot a Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo.
The talented Briton Ross Whittock, 29, will co-drive. He also won the European title with Chris. Following Chris and co-driver Ross Whittock’s success in the European Rally Championship, the pair will begin their first World Rally Championship challenge on the Croatia Rally from April 22-25.
“There have been some really tough moments to get this far but it feels so special to be able to say I’m a World Rally Championship driver,” said Ingram. “I’ve given everything I have to get this opportunity and I have so many people to thank and so much to be grateful for.
“Winning the ERC title in 2019 opened up lots of doors and I was close to landing a really good drive in 2020. The pandemic slammed all those doors shut, but I never gave up and never stopped believing my dream would come true. I’m so lucky to have this chance.’’
“Kroon-Oil has been a strong partner in several rally competitions for years now,’’ said Leon ten Hove, Marketing Manager, Kroon-Oil. “From this perspective we have been following Chris and Ross for a while. Thanks to our partnership with SXM Competition, we have reached an agreement on our support for Chris and Ross's talent and ambitions for the upcoming WRC season.
We are very pleased to be able to announce this partnership with Chris and Ross in the WRC. This cooperation reflects our strong market position as a high-level lubricant brand. We need strong partners and international visibility to support the international growth we have realised and the WRC with Chris and Ross fits perfectly.”
Being active at the highest level of motorsport requires the utmost in technique and lubrication. Kroon-Oil employs its years of experience to assist the team in the field of lubricants and maintenance products.
For more than 100 years we have focused exclusively on developing and producing high-quality lubricants for road traffic, agriculture, industry, two-wheelers and shipping. At Kroon-Oil, an extensive, up-to-date and high-quality product range is of paramount importance. In our dynamic industry, continuous technological developments demand adaptability in the field of lubricants. In this industry, the critical keywords are - Improvement, Progress and Technical Knowledge.