Chris Ingram’s desire to be Britain’s next World Rally Champion took on extra credence when he became the first Briton since Vic Elford to win the European Rally Championship, doing so in 2019 and ending a 52-year-wait to wave the British flag. With several World Rally Championship appearances to his name, Ingram was on the rise until rallying was paused. His father Jon was a decent national rally driver who began in road rallies during the 1980s, and it wasn’t long before Chris was hooked. Jon oversaw his son’s early career, and made the pivotal decision to head abroad so Chris could make his mark.
“God, it’s difficult in rallying. It always has been. My career has been one non-stop ride on a rollercoaster. The early days were so simple by comparison. Just Dad and I, tinkering with a little Citroën C1 in our garage, not knowing what we were doing but figuring it out as we went along.
We didn’t build it, but we did run it. Well, we turned up, pumped up the tyres and went rallying [in the Formula 1000 Junior Rally Championship]. Funny to think back and remember how fast the C1 felt; it wasn’t a simple car, it was like my World Rally Car.