Scotland Awaits For Duggan
2015 Motorsport Ireland Young Rally Driver of the Year, Rob Duggan, continues his 2016 DMACK Junior British Rally Championship assault this weekend on round 4, the RSAC Scottish Rally.
22 year old Duggan, from Killarney Co. Kerry, currently leads the DMACK Junior Championship by a single point having taken a brace of wins from the opening 3 rounds. As well as that, Duggan, unlike his closest rivals has yet to play his double points "joker" electing to keep it until later in the season.
Despite heading to yet another new event, Rob isn’t worried; "I enjoy doing new events, you learn so much. I've elected to hold on to my joker until a little later in the season so we'll be hoping to pick up solid points in Scotland. From what I have heard, punctures can be an issue on the Scottish roads and that's something I'll have to keep in mind. Heading there with a narrow lead in the championship doesn’t really change our plan, we are still learning to really drive on gravel but it's something I'm getting a lot more comfortable with and the Vauxhall Motorsport UK Team have been brilliant in helping with car set up. I'm in the position I wanted to be in at the start of the season but I'm fully aware the hard work starts now. I've been training hard and working on my mental preparation through my involvement with Team Ireland and myself and Ger can't wait to hit the Scottish stages on Saturday.
The RSAC Scottish Rally is the only round of the British Rally Championship to take place over a single day, but it will be a day full of challenges. Offering 65 competitive miles and encompassing classics tests such as Ae, Twiglees, Castle O’er, the Dumfries based event has a fearsome reputation. The Scottish is one of the oldest events on the calendar dating back to 1932. More information can be found on www.msabrc.com
Rob is supported by Rentokil Initial, Motorsport Ireland, Sport Ireland and the Team Ireland Foundation.
Open to any driver under the age of 26, the DMACK Junior BRC is 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.