Ingram received words of support from Elford as he struggled with funding issues to win the 2019 FIA European Rally Championship, becoming the first Brit since Elford to do so.
After Elford’s death, Ingram said: “What an icon he was. Following in his footsteps and winning the ERC has been the greatest moment of my life so far. I’m disappointed that I never had the chance to meet him and talk about his experiences, but he will always inspire me and many other riders. I think of his family.”
Elford, a veteran of the Porsche brand, was the ultimate motorsport all-rounder. He won the 1968 24 Hours of Daytona, a week after winning the Monte Carlo Rally.
He took part in 13 Formula 1 Grand Prix world championships, drove in the Daytona 500 and, in addition to countless endurance sports car races, was a regular guest at the 24-hour race in Le Mans.
In addition to his exploits in rally and circuit racing, Elford showed his versatility by winning the inaugural rallycross event in 1967.
Born in London in 1935, Elford made his final ERC appearance at the Ypres Rally in 1983, retiring to Florida.