Invincible Duggan with fifth Junior class win
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.