Dug­gan gets JWRC en­try and tar­gets ti­tle win

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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

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