Rapid ju­nior pair­ing team-up for Vaux­hall R2 en­try

Motor Sport News - - Rally News - By Jack Benyon

Chris In­gram and Rob Duggan will go head-to-head on Wales Rally GB for the sec­ond year in a row, this time in Vaux­hall Adams.

Kil­lar­ney-na­tive Duggan has com­peted in the Ju­nior Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship with the Vaux­hall Mo­tor­sport Ju­nior Rally Team this year, win­ning five events out of seven on his way to the ti­tle and a sub­sidised en­try into next year’s Drive DMACK Fi­esta Tro­phy in the World Rally Cham­pi­onship.

In­gram was crowned Euro­pean twowheel-drive cham­pion but missed out on the ERC Ju­nior cham­pi­onship in Latvia. Ger­man team-mate Mar­i­jan Griebel took the hon­ours.

The car In­gram will drive is iden­ti­cal in spec­i­fi­ca­tion to the Opel Adam he has com­peted in dur­ing the ERC this year, with the Vaux­hall Ju­nior Team run­ning the cars for GB on be­half of Team Net­work Q, which has backed the two driv­ers, al­low­ing them to en­ter the event.

Both Duggan and In­gram com­peted in Citroen DS 3 R3-MAXS on Wales Rally GB last year. In­gram’s car flooded on a road sec­tion and Duggan re­tired on the road sec­tion. Duggan was ahead of In­gram on his first ma­jor gravel rally be­fore the Ir­ish­man re­tired.

In­gram be­lieves the pace of the car on gravel has been proven this year in the Adam’s first full sea­son on the sur­face in the ERC and BRC.

“It’s the same spec as I’ve been us­ing in the ERC,” said In­gram. “In Latvia (gravel) Griebel and I were joint lead­ers so the gravel pace is there. Duggan has been quick in BRC as well so we know the pace of the car is there.”

Duggan be­lieves the op­por­tu­nity to bench­mark him­self against In­gram is a pos­i­tive one.

“He’s done two or three years in Euro­pean com­pe­ti­tion so he’s ob­vi­ously a quick driver and it’s not go­ing to be a walk in the park,” said Duggan. “To be close to him will be a great boost to us for next year. It should be a good bat­tle.”

The two cars will run on DMACK tyres, and it will be the Adam R2’s de­but on Wales Rally GB.

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