Dug­gan the de­stroyer breaks hopes and dreams of ju­nior ti­tle con­tenders

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Well over half the stages won. Five of seven events con­quered. Took the ti­tle on the Ul­ster. Sorry, we’re not talk­ing about El­fyn Evans again. Prom­ise. It’s Rob ‘Dug­gani’ Dug­gan.

The Vaux­hall Ju­nior Rally Team driver saw off all­com­ers in a dom­i­nant dis­play. As con­vinc­ing as the stats may be – and like Evans – he didn’t quite have it all his own way. A punc­ture and gear­box prob­lems on the Scot­tish gave Sin­dre Fu­ruseth the chance to win, while another punc­ture in Mid Wales ruled him out of the bat­tle there. But all the other rounds he won, hav­ing only com­peted on a cou­ple of gravel events be­fore with his back­ground in as­phalt. It was a crush­ing dis­play from he and co-driver Ger Con­way, who have the op­por­tu­nity to head to the World Rally Cham­pi­onship with a prize of a sub­sidised sea­son in the Drive DMACK Tro­phy courtesy of the tyre firm.

Fu­ruseth was sec­ond in the out­dated Re­nault Twingo; it would have been nice to see how close he would have been to Dug­gan had he had the Ir­ish­man’s Adam R2. A punc­ture in Carlisle cur­tailed his ef­forts, while he was never likely to pose a threat to Dug­gan on as­phalt, hav­ing not com­peted on the sur­face be­fore. His times were im­pres­sive con­sid­er­ing that though, fin­ish­ing sec­ond on the Ul­ster and Manx.

Mat­tias Adiels­son rounded out the podium af­ter not quite be­ing able to match team-mate Dug­gan’s pace. But the Swede still showed im­pres­sive speed in de­feat, he wasn’t ever far off the Ir­ish­man.

Adam Bus­tard showed im­pres­sive pace in the Ford Fi­esta R2T, when it proved to be re­li­able, to take fourth in the stand­ings. In a sim­i­lar car, Gus Green­smith surely would have chal­lenged Dug­gan for the ti­tle, but was com­pet­ing at World cham­pi­onship level in 2016. He fin­ished first and sec­ond on his two JBRC out­ings.

The Ju­nior Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship was one of the best ju­nior series any­where in ral­ly­ing dur­ing 2016. Long may it con­tinue.

Dug­gan (front-right) knew how to cel­e­brate with Con­way

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