Belfast Telegraph

Rally prize still Duggan's to lose

By Sammy Hamill

The race to win the prize of a fully-funded drive on Wales Rally GB will go down to the wire on the Bushwhacker Rally on September 25 with just four points covering the top three contenders.

Jon Armstrong's seventh place overall in his R2 Peugeot on the Lakeland Stages Rally at the weekend brought him his fourth maximum score in the Carryduff Forklift Road2Wales competition but he still trails Rob Duggan in the battle to line out in Britain's round of the World championship in a Citroen DS3 supplied and run by the award-winning DGM team.

Duggan, who has been making the long trips from Killarney to take part, remains the leader despite crashing out on just the second stage in Fermanagh at the weekend but with each driver's six best scores to count from seven rounds, he is now just four points ahead of Armstrong and Alan Smyth who are equal.

"The championship was in Rob's hands before Saturday but it's gone back to being wide open again," said 20-year-old Armstrong. "After he went off on the second stage we knew we had to be smart and just get around without making any mistakes. Now it is all down to the final round."

The consistent Smyth's second place at the weekend keeps him in contention but the prize is still Duggan's to lose, Even if Armstrong wins the last round, the Killarney driver needs only to finish second to end the series on top - by one point!

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