Chris Ingram will kick off his European Junior Rally Championship campaign in Latvia determined to start piling up points as early as possible.

The talented 20-year old will be one of the youngest drivers in the event, where he will compete in the RC4 category - for naturally aspirated front-wheel-drive cars - in a Peugeot 208 that bears a striking resemblance to that which helped Kris Meeke to the 2009 IRC crown.

Wearing an interpretation of the Union Flag livery successfully employed by Peugeot UK, Ingram hopes to bring his principal backer another haul of silverware despite his relative inexperience at international level.

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"It will be a huge challenge rallying in Latvia, as we will be up against many Scandinavian and Baltic snow-driving experts," he conceded, "However, after the strong result following on from our class win on the Wales Rally GB last year, we are confident that we'll certainly give our class competitors a run for their money. Our aim will be to maximise our scoring potential before the races that we feel will be the stronger rounds for us - in Ireland, the Azores and in Belgium, for example."

Ingram and co-driver Gabin Moreau have spent the winter period training and preparing for the rally, attending the recent Rallye Monte Carlo and practicing their talents with ice-driving in the Alps which will certainly be put to the test in Latvia, where there over 125 miles of competitive driving, spread over a dozen timed stages and culminating with a spectator stage in and around the host town of Liepaja.

"We believe we have a very strong chance of success in the European Junior Rally Championship title this year, after gaining valuable experience last year and having the perfect car and team for this year's battle," the youngster concluded, "We are going in to this with the objective of winning it, sure in the knowledge we have a really good chance, and I am delighted to have the full backing of Peugeot UK."