Peugeot UK has announced it will enter young British driver Chris Ingram into the remainder of the 2015 FIA Junior European Rally Championship, beginning with next month's Circuit of Ireland Rally.

The 20-year-old will compete in the final five rounds of this year's Junior ERC championship in Peugeot's 208 R2 and hopes to follow in the footsteps of Colin McRae, Richard Burns and Kris Meeke who all found early rallying success with Peugeot.

Ingram spent last year learning in the Junior European rally series, and notched up an impressive sixth place in the drivers' standings. The Manchester-based driver also claimed the R2 class victory at last season's WRC Wales Rally GB year and now feels ready to compete with the best in his class.

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"20 of Europe's best young drivers will be in Northern Ireland to compete, so it is going to be a brilliant challenge," Ingram said. "I've led the rally on both occasions I've competed, but I hope to control it this time and finish with a top result. It's not going to be easy by any stretch of the imagination. There are some very fast drivers to compete against."

Ingram made a solid start to the 2015 Junior ERC season at the opening round in Latvia where he finished sixth in the snow.

"It's hard to say who is going to be in the running for the title at this stage," he added. "One thing's for sure, each round will have local specialists who are always difficult to beat because they've grown up driving in the specific conditions."

Despite the fierce competition, Ingram is confident he has the right car to challenge for the drivers' title.

"With the PEUGEOT 208 R2, I've got the perfect car for the job. Now it's up to me to prove that the team was right to put its faith in me."