Duggan on road to big year with Vauxhall
Rob Duggan, who won the Road to Wales competition in the Northern Ireland Rally Championship, will be part of an exciting new Vauxhall junior team in this season's British Championship.
Duggan made regular trips from Killarney to take part in the Road to Wales series, eventually edging out Kesh driver Jon Armstrong by one point to win the prize of a fully-funded entry in Rally GB in November.
But now both Armstrong and Duggan have earned themselves even bigger prizes.
While Duggan will drive an Opel Adam in the BRC series alongside Sweden's Mattias Adielsson, including the Circuit of Ireland and the Ulster International, Armstrong is heading to the World Championship courtesy of DMACK Tyres to take part in the six-round Ford Fiesta R2 Trophy.
Duggan was one of seven drivers shortlisted by Vauxhall and his selection, along with Adielsson, the Swedish R2 champion, was announced at the Autosport Show yesterday.
Adam Bustard, a former Irish Junior 1000 champion from Castlederg, also made the shortlist, but just missed out on final selection.
"This is a huge step for me and let's hope it proves to be a good one," said Duggan who also won the Billy Coleman Award as Motorsport Ireland's Young Driver of 2015.