Ingram will fly the flag for Dutch brand Kroon-Oil as they become the team's title partner for the iconic Rallye Monte Carlo. Heading into the partnership’s third season, Kroon-Oil and the Rally Warrior team set the stakes high for the season opener.
Chris Ingram, 2019 European Rally Champion, has outlined one clear objective for the forthcoming FIA World Rally Championship: to fight for his first WRC class title. Chris will make his season debut at the prestigious Monte-Carlo round of the WRC starting on Thursday 19th January, with the same care, same partners and the same passion and commitment with wich he battled consistently for the drivers' honours in 2022. Across a curtailed six-round campaign in WRC2 last season, Chris emerged as the leading privateer, taking the fight to the manufacturer-backed crews. He now plans to use that experience to mount a more sustained campaign for the forthcoming season.
“I am fully focused on showing my full potential in Monte-Carlo, one of the jewels in the WRC crown and then use my recent experience to build a solid title push in 2023. The years since the pandemic have been tough; I didn’t compete for 18 months after becoming European Champion, then I jumped in at the deep end in WRC2 with little practice. I have regained a huge amount of self-belief and speed which showed in my performances last season. I have a vision and have worked at it step by step to get to this point. The sport’s biggest names have taken notice, now it’s time to make it count. After entering the WRC together for the first time in 2021, Kroon-Oil and the Rally Warrior team have gone from strength to strength, showcasing Kroon-Oil’s products at the highest and toughest level of Motorsport competition."
Chris continued: “Fighting for victory in the World Rally Championship is extremely demanding, not only for myself and my co-driver but equally for our Skoda Fabia Rally 2 Evo. We require the very best products for the car on our mission, and we’re proud to have Kroon-Oil as our technical and lubricant partner for the third-season running. Kroon-Oil will also be our title partner for Monte, and the car will look absolutely stunning on those iconic rally stages in our all-new blue and Kroon-Oil Yellow livery.” Chris will have a strong team behind him for the season-opening Rallye Monte-Carlo, which gets underway at Casino Square on 19 January. He will again be joined by co-driver Craig Drew and WRC2 teams’ champions Toksport WRT.
“I’ve not been behind the wheel of a rally car for four to five months, and I’ve missed it badly! I’ve been keeping busy training and working relentlessly on the 2023 season and going for glory. Monte is my all-time favourite rally and one of the most challenging due to the demanding twisty roads and changing conditions. Last year went really well. If it wasn’t for an unlucky issue on the first evening, we’d have been fighting for the overall WRC2 win. “I am very grateful to Kroon-Oil and to all of my partners for their continued belief; I know we have the chance to fight for the WRC2 World title in this huge 2023 season.”
"We are delighted to announce that we will support Chris and Craig in their World Rally Championship ambitions by entering our third season as partners. The partnership has been successful and pleasant over the years, forming a suitable ground for further expanding our cooperation this year. Our DNA is similar as we are both passionate and focused on achieving the highest result possible.
We look forward to the prestigious Rallye Monte Carlo, the season opener, which unfolds a special livery of the Skoda Fabia Rally2 by Toksport WRT. We are proud of how the car's design turned out for this iconic event."
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