Duggan’s Misfortune Leads to Storming Drive
MEDIA RELEASE: Emily Duggan has demonstrated her exceptional racecraft in the final round of the 2016 Series X3 NSW for Hyundai Excel race cars at Sydney Motorsport Park on Sunday, staging a spectacular charge through the field in the day’s second race.
While Duggan was focused on taking third place in the championship after a strong season, a mechanical issue ended her chances in the first five laps of Race 1.
Starting at the back of the grid for Race 2, Duggan was on a mission and made up an incredible 14 positions in just seven laps, overcoming the challenges of overtaking around the technical SMP Amaroo layout.
Duggan’s charge was halted after seven laps when the race was red flagged, but her storming drive clearly showed her capabilities and earned plenty of praise from spectators along with category officials.
Starting 12th on the grid for the third and final race, Duggan looked set to continue her charge, moving up to 10th on the first lap before a battery issue ended the day for the Penrite/Supashock/Winmax Excel.
“Race 2 was amazing, I love door-to-door racing and finding gaps to pass, I was totally in my element,” Duggan said.
“The car was handling and braking brilliantly thanks to the Supashock and Winmax products.
“I would have preferred not to have mechanical problems in the other races but at least I gave the crowd some entertainment! I also had my first experience of rolling starts, which I thoroughly enjoyed.
“While that was the last round of the series, we have a non-championship round supporting the HQ Holden Nationals at Wakefield Park in a couple of weeks, and I’m looking forward to some more good racing and hopefully some proud results again,” Duggan concluded.
Series X3 NSW Top 10 Points – Final Points
1. Adam Bryant – 852
2. Brendan Vinckx – 828
3. Thomas Muller – 782
4. David Lo-Iacono – 700
5. Emily Duggan – 674
6. Michael Ridings – 662
7. Darryl Collins – 530
8. Ryan Mee – 484
9. Nik Hough– 474
10. Michael Golding – 472