RALLY BRC star Dug­gan takes the Mod­i­fied spoils

Motor Sport News - - Rally Reports - Re­sults By Brian Pat­ter­son

In the Mod­i­fied cat­e­gory Bri­tish Ju­nior Rally cham­pion Rob Dug­gan, on his home soil for the Kil­lar­ney event, led from start to fin­ish in a hired Es­cort Mk2.

Dug­gan ob­served through­out the rally that he felt he couldn’t get the power down, but ob­vi­ously he got enough to set the pace. Jack New­man kept the pres­sure on the whole way through and was slightly faster of the two through stages two and three. This closed the gap to just 1.9s. How­ever, the New­man Es­cort had some clutch and starter mo­tor is­sues, and Dug­gan, who soft­ened his Es­cort’s sus­pen­sion a lit­tle in an ef­fort to find grip, was able to just edge away.

In­ter­est­ingly, some of the fastest times were posted by Gary Kier­nan. His Es­cort in­curred a punc­ture on the open­ing stage, which knocked him out of con­tention, but he flew through the next few stages and fin­ished 10th. Third at the end was Kevin Eves in his Corolla, hav­ing been sixth for most of the day be­fore turn­ing in some quick times over the fi­nal stages. Eves rel­e­gated Damian Toner to fourth, Enda O’brien was fifth and the ev­er­green Phil Collins sixth, to make it five Es­corts in the top six.

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