Dug­gan gives Adam maiden BRC gravel vic­tory

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Rob Dug­gan showed the gravel prow­ess we were all ex­pect­ing from him in Mid Wales by scor­ing his sec­ond Ju­nior Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship vic­tory in a row.

The Kil­lar­ney man was al­ways favoured on the Cir­cuit of Ire­land but he trailed Sin­dre Fu­ruseth and even­tual win­ner Gus Green­smith on the gravel opener on the Mid Wales event, de­spite im­press­ing on last year’s Wales Rally GB.

It was a tough open­ing morn­ing for all the Ju­niors, even for the leader at the ser­vice af­ter two stages. Fu­ruseth’s Re­nault Twingo topped the or­der but had a soft brake pedal through parts of The Shanks and all of The Forks. Dug­gan was sec­ond but strug­gling for feel­ing in the car and Green­smith had some ex­ple­tives to de­scribe his driv­ing in the morn­ing.

Mat­tias Adiels­son (Vaux­hall Adam) was caught out by a punc­ture on SS1 but his times didn’t re­flect it. The Swede nearly ran out of tyres as he suf­fered three flats on one stage.

Rough­side saw the two ex­po­nents from Mid Wales fall down the or­der. Fu­ruseth stopped to change a punc­ture while Green­smith also suf­fered a de­flated cover on his Ford Fi­esta but pushed through to the end. Both driv­ers had hit ex­actly the same rock.

Dug­gan then led overnight, and de­spite his con­cerns with the car, he must have been happy with the times. The JBRC win­ner on the Cir­cuit was on for two in a row, even with the Vaux­hall Adam be­ing un­proven on gravel. A lead over a minute from Green­smith meant that, with­out is­sues, there wasn’t enough stage mileage for him to be caught.

Dug­gan as­serted his author­ity, tak­ing a stage win on SS6 to make it two wins in a row.

Fu­ruseth took the other two and again im­pressed, with spec­ta­tors un­able to be­lieve the speed the Nor­we­gian was car­ry­ing through some of the Kielder cor­ners. How­ever, the stop for the punc­ture ruled him well out and he could only fin­ish fifth.

Green­smith took sec­ond af­ter a tough week­end, but his at­ten­tion will soon have to shift to Por­tu­gal for the Drive DMACK Tro­phy in two weeks’ time. The Brit was ex­cel­lent in Mid Wales and Carlisle will be for­got­ten quickly.

Adam Bus­tard rolled in Mid Wales, but made it two third­placed fin­ishes from two in a strong week­end for he and Aaron John­ston.

In their sim­i­lar Ford Fi­esta R2T, Meirion Evans and Jonathan Jack­son are still strug­gling with their car, which sounded more like a truck. More turbo is­sues were thought to be the prob­lem. De­spite strug­gling for power, they scored a first fin­ish of the sea­son. Evans was still dis­ap­pointed but happy to fin­ish the event.

Dug­gan scored an­other BRC vic­tory in Carlisle

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