Chris Ingram & Craig Drew have retired from the EKO Acropolis Rally Greece, the penultimate round of their 2023 WRC2 season. The young Brit has suffered his first major accident in 6 seasons, rolling out of the rally on Stage 8.
Leading privateer crew Chris Ingram & Craig Drew were set to challenge the best drivers in the World Rally Championship and their manufacturer-backed rivals yet again after another impressive start to the iconic Acropolis Rally. The rally began with a spectacular first stage held in the Olympic Athens Stadium with 60,000 passionate Greek fans in attendance.
The young Brit’s set a top 10 overall WRC1 time in the stadium, then on Friday morning on the gravel stages moved up to 2nd in WRC2 after the opening stage, just 3 seconds behind Skoda Official test driver Emil Lindholm who had recently benefitted from a 5 day test in Greece in the new Skoda Rally2. The afternoon stages would see the Brit’s slip down the leaderboard due to a puncture and damaged steering on one of the Acropolis’s most notoriously rough stage.
Stage 8 on Saturday morning was where disaster struck.
“The corner was a deceptive tightening left-hander, the road looks like it opens up because of the tree line, I simply got confused with the pacenote and we went off, rolling quite a lot of times down the mountain-side”
“Accidents happen in rallying, I am just gutted for my supporters, team and partners who have all been so supportive. It’s my first mistake in a very long time so I won’t be too hard on myself. It’s been an amazing season up to this point and we will go again on the next rally.”
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