Vauxhall expands to three Junior drivers
Vauxhall Junior Rally Team has unveiled its drivers for the BRC, with the team expanding to three cars.
Motorsport Ireland Billy Coleman winner Rob Duggan, 2015 ERC Junior Mattias Adielsson and Australian Arron Windus are the three set to tackle the DMACK Junior British Rally Championship.
The team was initially set to run two cars, but the plan to award the drive to two finalists failed when Windus impressed Simon Mauger – who will run the team in 2016 – during the testing process.
Duggan has spoken of potential entries into the Junior World Rally Championship and Drive DMACK Trophy in previous months, but believes the BRC is the correct step to take for his career.
“The BRC is definitely the next step for me and we think it’s the right move for us,” said Duggan. “We’ve done the Ulster and Circuit of Ireland Rally, but the rest is new so it’s a learning experience.”
Adielsson arrives in the BRC having finished eighth overall in ERC Junior after 2 DNFS. He’s hoping to follow in the footsteps of previously successful Swedes.
“I’m here to bring Sweden back to the BRC,” he said. “Obviously there is Stig Blomqvist and drivers like this so it’s nice to bring Sweden back.”
Simon Mauger believes the quality of the drivers made the decision difficult from the eight finalists.
“The selection process was difficult because of the quality of the drivers involved,” he explained. “They all really impressed us. We’ve got a lot of responsibility to the drivers, they have their careers ahead of them.”
The addition of Windus was only confirmed last Friday, and the team and driver told Motorsport News that they would attempt to be ready for the first round of the championship.