Vaux­hall ex­pands to three Ju­nior driv­ers

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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.

Dug­gan (l) and Adiels­son (r) will part­ner Win­dus in the R2

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