Fu­ruseth takes break­through win in Scotland

Motor Sport News - - Brc: Rsac Scottish Rally -

The BRC has ben­e­fit­ted from many sur­prises on its re­turn in 2016, but surely one of the big­gest of all has been the gi­ant-killing pace of Sin­dre Fu­ruseth in the DMACK BRC Ju­nior cat­e­gory.

Driv­ing a Re­nault Twingo deemed out­dated and off the pace, he was sec­ond to Gus Green­smith in Mid Wales, had a punc­ture while set­ting quick­est times in Carlisle but fi­nally notched a mark in the win col­umn af­ter a gru­elling RSAC Scot­tish Rally.

The Nor­we­gian had Robert Dug­gan – one half of the Vaux­hall Ju­nior Bri­tish Rally Team’s ef­fort – as his clos­est chal­lenger. But, the like­able Kil­lar­ney man – with Ger Con­way on the notes – had is­sues early on. He was 13s off the pace on the first stage de­spite hav­ing tied quick­est time on the sec­ond, and prob­lems were con­firmed as he pulled over just be­fore the in con­trol to ser­vice. His gear­box was leak­ing oil onto the clutch caus­ing it to slip. Could the team change the ’box in the short 30-minute ser­vice? The team worked tire­lessly and the Ir­ish crew were back out and ready to chal­lenge al­though Dug­gan reck­oned Fu­ruseth was too quick through the slippy stuff.

With only two stages left af­ter Knock­en­shang was can­celled, it proved too much for Dug­gan to make up and he had to set­tle for sec­ond, but it was a ma­ture per­for­mance.

He is yet to play his dou­ble points joker – while Fu­ruseth al­ready has – and Dug­gan leads the cham­pi­onship by 16 points.

Third was Dug­gan’s Vaux­hall team-mate Mat­tias Adiels­son; the Swede has picked up his pace on gravel and some setup changes meant he was only 10s down the road from Dug­gan at the fin­ish.

It was a good week­end for Swedes in the Ju­niors as they cel­e­brated the hol­i­day known as Mid­sum­mer, which is cen­tred around sum­mer sol­stice. Adiels­son was third while Jim Hjerpe be­came Fu­ruseth’s third co-driver in as many rounds and took the event win.

For the sec­ond round in a row, Meirion Evans and Jonathan Jack­son man­aged fourth. The duo used the event to get back up to speed af­ter mul­ti­ple events with the car down on power.

Fifth in the Ju­niors was the bril­liant Guy Tyler. It was his first fin­ish in the BRC and a bril­liant run in the less pow­er­ful 1.6-litre R2 Fi­esta.

One crew not hav­ing a good week­end was Adam Bus­tard and Aaron John­ston. They be­gan the week­end fourth in the points, but a loose turbo pipe led to a day of drama in the Ford Fi­esta R2T. They fin­ished ninth of 10 run­ners.

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