Duggan gets JWRC entry and targets title win
British Junior champion Rob Duggan is determined to follow up his British Rally Championship success with this year’s Junior World Rally Championship title.
The 23-year-old Irishman makes the step up to the WRC and, while he admits he has a mountain to climb, he sees no reason why he can’t succeed.
“We have one aim for this season,” Duggan told MN, “and that’s to win the JWRC. It’s definitely going to be a big transition for me, but it was like that when I moved from the Irish championship to the BRC.
“I think this year will be the toughest challenge of my career so far. There are some very, very good drivers in the JWRC this year and they will have more experience than me. But I’ve shown good speed in the past and I seemed to cope when I got to BRC without any experience of those rallies.”
April’s Tour of Corsica will be Duggan’s first event outside of Britain and Ireland. He has driven a Ford Fiesta R2, but not the current one-litre turbo Fiesta R2T that is used in the JWRC.
“I’m hoping to get in a Fiesta before Corsica,” he said. “It would be good to have an idea of what the car’s like. But I just can’t wait to get started on some of these incredible rallies. Finland is the one I’m looking forward to the most – the chance to go and compete on the world’s most famous rally is fantastic.”
Duggan’s entry on the six-round JWRC is part-funded by DMACK. The sponsor of last year’s Junior BRC Championship offered the prize for the series winner.
Duggan aims for JWRC title