In­vin­ci­ble Duggan with fifth Ju­nior class win

Motor Sport News - - Brc: Isle Of Man -

Af­ter seal­ing the Ju­nior Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship on the Ul­ster Rally, like­able duo Rob Duggan and Ger Con­way ar­rived on the Manx to en­joy the tricky stages and have some fun.

In the process, they pro­duced one of the per­for­mances of the rally by fin­ish­ing as top two-wheel-drive car on the rally – ahead of much more pow­er­ful Ford Es­corts and many four-wheel-drive cars – on their first visit to the is­land.

The pair­ing were quick from the out­set and promised there wasn’t any time left on the stages as they pro­duced the fifth win in seven rounds for the Vaux­hall Ju­nior Rally Team. The Vaux­hall Adam R2 has been al­most bul­let­proof all year whereas the team’s ri­vals have of­ten strug­gled.

In sec­ond was the ever-im­pres­sive Sin­dre Fu­ruseth. The Nor­we­gian con­tin­ues to defy the per­cep­tion of what’s pos­si­ble in the older Re­nault Twingo R2. In only his sec­ond proper as­phalt rally, he beat driv­ers with more ex­pe­ri­ence and took sec­ond in BRC Ju­nior in the process. Jim Hjerpe has been a wel­come ad­di­tion in the sec­ond half of the year on the notes.

On the fi­nal stage of the year, Adam Bus­tard (Ford Fi­esta R2T) took third away from Duggan’s team-mate Mat­tias Adiels­son. The Swede has been un­lucky in 2016 and a fu­ture away from R2s will come as a wel­come re­lief for one for the BRC’S most pop­u­lar driv­ers.

Duggan/con­way: vic­to­ri­ous

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