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Jon Armstrong has fight on his hands for GB World Rally Championship drive

By Sammy Hamill

Published 18/08/2015

Young gun: Jon Armstrong (right) and co-driver Noel O’Sullivan played a starring role in the Todds Leap Ulster Rally
Young gun: Jon Armstrong (right) and co-driver Noel O’Sullivan played a starring role in the Todds Leap Ulster Rally

Jon Armstrong still has a fight on his hands if he is to earn himself a fully-funded drive on the British round of the World Rally Championship in November.

The 20-year-old Kesh driver put in a starring performance on the Todds Leap Ulster Rally at the weekend, finishing sixth and winning the two-wheel-drive category in his little 1600cc R2 Peugeot 208. He was also presented with the Young Achiever Award.

But crucially he picked up maximum points in the Carryduff Forklift Road to Wales competition which will see the winner compete on Wales Rally GB in an R3 Citroen DS3 supplied and run by the DGM team.

It was Armstrong's third win of the series, taking him to 36 points, but he still trails behind leader Rob Duggan who is on 52 after his second place Ulster finish. However, Duggan has scored on all five rounds so far and can only count his best six (from seven) results. Alan Smyth is on 44 points but must also drop a score.

Both the Lakeland Stages and the Bushwhacker Rally are in Armstrong's home territory but Duggan, who makes the long trip from Killarney to take part, is proving a fierce rival for the Rally GB prize.

Meanwhile, Jonny McMullan continues to lead the UK National Formula Ford championship despite disappointing results at Silverstone. He finished eighth and fifth in the two rounds but still has a healthy lead and had the added bonus of winning the BRSCC Triple Crown championship.

The MI Young Driver of the Year races in the All-Ireland series at Kirkistown next week then heads for the penultimate round of the UK championship at Knockhill a week later.

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