Duggan Targets Strong Circuit Performance
2015 Motorsport Ireland Young Rally Driver of the Year, Rob Duggan, continues his 2016 campaign this weekend on the Circuit of Ireland Rally, round 2 of the 2016 MSA 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 culminating in a drive with Vauxhall Motorsport UK for 2016. A strong performance on round 1 in Wales saw Rob running comfortably in 3rd place until a puncture saw him drop back. The Circuit of Ireland however sees Rob and his co-driver Ger Conway return to their favourite surface, tarmac.
Speaking ahead of the Circuit, Rob was understandably excited; "In many ways, the Circuit of Ireland will be the biggest event of our season. I’m really looking forward to seeing what the Vauhall Adam can do on tarmac and I’m looking forward to applying my knowledge of having done this event last year. Tarmac is my favourite surface but I cannot afford to switch of this weekend, championship leaders Gus Greensmith and Sindre Furuseth have decided to miss this event so it gives me a great chance to move up the points standings. With Gus and Sindre not being here I’ve decided not to use my joker on this round for double points and have decided to keep it until a bit later in the year. Myself and Ger have been working hard on our preparation for this event and we can’t wait to start the opening stage."
The Circuit of Ireland takes place over the 8th and 9th of April with the rally being based in the Kings Hall in Belfast. The crews will tackle 6 stages on Friday including the fearsome 32km “The Glens” stage that skirts along the north Ulster coast. Saturday sees the action move south of Belfast with 7 stages before the first cars arrive at the podium at Queens University 6pm. More information on the event can be found by visiting www.msabrc.com and www.circuitofireland.net
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.
To keep up to date with Rob's exploits through the season, visit www.robduggan.com and www.vauxhallmotorsport.co.uk
Rob’s 2016 campaign is supported by Rentokil Initial, Motorsport Ireland, Sport Ireland and the Team Ireland Foundation.