Duggan Ready For Vauxhall Debut
2015 Motorsport Ireland Young Rally Driver of the Year, Rob Duggan, will start his 2016 campaign this weekend on the Mid Wales Stages, the opening round of the 2016 British Rally Championship.
22 year old Duggan, from Killarney Co. Kerry, started rallying in 2012 and has risen to become one of Ireland's brightest motorsport prospects in recent years. After claiming the Irish National Junior Rally Championship in 2013, Duggan has successfully made the switch to R2 machinery. These small, rapid, 1600cc cars are an ideal stepping stone to international championships and for this year, Rob will head a three car Vauxhall team in the British Junior Championship joined by co-driver, Ger Conway.
Open to any driver under the age of 26, the DMACK Junior BRC will be a competitive proving ground for crews as they have the chance to tackle some of the best forest stages and Tarmac tests in the British Isles in FIA-homologated R2 cars. DMACK will supply control tyres for the DMACK Junior BRC series, and the number of tyres used per round will be restricted to keep costs to a minimum and to create a level playing field for all competitors in the class.
The 2016 DMACK Junior BRC Champion will take a huge step onto the world stage with a subsidised drive in the 2017 Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy on five WRC rounds, with the winner benefiting from testing before every round as part of the package. The winner of the 2017 Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy will themselves receive a funded drive in an R5 car on selected events during the 2018 WRC season.
Speaking ahead of the season opener, Rob was understandably excited; "I'm really looking forward to making my debut for the Vauxhall Motorsport Junior Rally Team this weekend. There is a lot of buzz and excitement around the championship and it is great to be a part of it. Our first test in the Vauxhall Adam R2 was very encouraging and I can really see the potential in the car and the DMACK tyres. To be coming to the British Championship as the current Billy Coleman Award winner is an honour and I hope I can do the award and the team proud on the opening round and throughout the remainder of the season."
The opening round of the 2016 MSA British Rally Championship takes place in Newtown, Wales, over the 5th and 6th of March. The crews will tackle the opening two stages on Saturday evening in darkness before four further tests on Sunday. More information on the event can be found by visiting www.msabrc.com
Rob is supported by Rentokil Initial, Motorsport Ireland, Sport Ireland and the Team Ireland Foundation.