After recording the fastest-ever lap time for a Hyundai Excel X3 race car around the 2.2-kilometre Wakefield Park circuit during Saturday practice, Duggan – in her #28 Penrite/Supashock/Winmax Hyundai Excel – qualified second for the next day’s one-hour endurance race.
Battling rivals Adam Bryant, Brendan Vinckx, and Tom Muller from the start of the race, Duggan took the lead of the race on Lap 22. From here, the 23-year-old went on to claim victory ahead of Bryant, after a lengthy safety car deployment saw the race restarted with only three laps to go.
After 60 minutes on track, Duggan took the win by 0.4 of a second.
“It was an intense battle and all of us were driving absolutely flat out,” Duggan said.
“When I crossed the finish line, I couldn’t believe what had just happened, it was just an amazing feeling. The emotions kicked in straight away.
“I wanted this race win so badly, and it was just a massive wave of happiness to have achieved it.”
Already helping out CarAdvice on our recent Abarth 595C v Volkswagen Polo GTI comparison, expect to see more of Emily on CarAdvice in the near future. Or you can catch her at the next round of the Series X3 NSW at Sydney Motorsport Park on August 20.
With support from CarAdvice, Emily became the first female racing driver to compete in the Kumho Tyre Australian V8 Touring Car Series, where she took on the field in a former Kelly Racing VE Holden Commodore.
Series X3 NSW images by Mark Richards Photography.