Dug­gan de­stroys com­pe­ti­tion for another win

Motor Sport News - - Brc: Nicky Grist Stages -

The num­ber of su­perla­tives to de­scribe Rob Dug­gan and Ger Con­way’s per­for­mances in the DMACK Ju­nior Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship this year are dwin­dling.

De­spite the Vaux­hall Adam not be­ing proven on gravel at the start of the year – and nei­ther was Dug­gan at that point – the Kil­lar­ney man added a win in Carlisle and a sec­ond place in Scot­land to a 25s overnight lead after Sat­ur­day’s gravel leg of the Nicky Grist Stages.

His only real chal­lenger on pace was Gus Green­smith, but the Drive DMACK Tro­phy driver – com­pet­ing only on se­lect rounds of the BRC – suf­fered a first stage punc­ture and a third drive­shaft break­age of the year on his Fi­esta R2T rul­ing him out of a chance at the vic­tory.

Dug­gan headed six of Sat­ur­day’s eight stages. His only slight worry was a prob­lem with the throt­tle which was only al­low­ing 80-90 per­cent. You wouldn’t have guessed by the times.

Emerg­ing on Sun­day’s as­phalt tests to take three stage wins was Dug­gan’s team-mate Mat­tias Adiels­son. It was a phe­nom­e­nal turn­around from Sat­ur­day, when one of the BRC’S most pos­i­tive char­ac­ters was de­stroyed hav­ing pushed as hard as pos­si­ble and still lack­ing Dug­gan’s pace. Still, he dusted him­self off and proved his met­tle, steal­ing sec­ond away from Sin­dre Fu­ruseth on the day. The Nor­we­gian was com­pet­ing on as­phalt for the first time and per­formed ad­mirably hold­ing onto the fi­nal podium spot.

Green­smith set more quick­est times on Sun­day, but aquaplain­ing was an is­sue for all crews in the af­ter­noon and the Bury driver suf­fered, rolling his Ford Fi­esta R2T. Fel­low R2T driver Meirion Evans dis­cov­ered yet more prob­lems with his car after the Scot­tish, but de­spite fix­ing them he was still a lit­tle puz­zled as to a lack of pace on Epynt where he was ex­pected to go well. He took fourth over­all. Round­ing out the top five were Josh Corn­well and Dai Roberts. Corn­well is one of the youngest Ju­niors and has lit­tle as­phalt ex­pe­ri­ence. Scot Blair Brown was reel­ing him in and got within four sec­onds be­fore the fi­nal three stages were can­celled.

If the ju­niors weren’t wor­ried be­fore the NG Stages, they will be now. Dug­gan leads by 25 points – the amount for an event win – and has yet to play his dou­ble-points joker. His two ti­tle ri­vals Fu­ruseth and Adiels­son have played theirs.

the af­ter­noon with “no dra­mas” to take the cat­e­gory win ahead of Theo Ben­gry/les Fors­brook who were slowed near the end with steer­ing prob­lems in their sim­i­lar car.

There was a close bat­tle for the Fi­esta ST Tro­phy hon­ours, where Cameron Davies/lee Tay­lor recorded another win de­spite be­ing slowed early on, as they and ri­vals Ge­orge Le­p­ley/ Ar­wel Jenk­ins set close times all day. A punc­ture on the sec­ond run through Route 60 cost Le­p­ley dearly.

Slightly luck­ier were Chris Pow­ell/jim Lewis who man­aged to make it to the fin­ish de­spite al­ter­na­tor fail­ure on their Tal­bot Sun­beam, the pair tak­ing their first BTRDA class 1400S win, fin­ish­ing just un­der half a minute ahead of cham­pi­onship lead­ers Jor­dan and Paul Hone, who had a good run in their Pro­ton Sa­tria.

Emily and Eliot Re­tal­lick re­peated their Plains class RF 1.4 suc­cess in their Peu­geot 205XS, as Richard Wells/calvin Houldsworth took the hon­ours in RF1.6 in their Volk­swa­gen Polo, as Neil An­drew/don Adams over­came a fuel leak to win class 1400C in their Mi­cra.

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