Joseph McGonigle returns to BRC after seven year absence – The Checkered Flag


The Motorsport UK British Rally Championship may have a well-known face returning in 2021 as former entrant Joseph McGonigle returns after a prolonged interval away from the collection.

The Irishman has a longtime historical past with the championship having began out again in 2008 with a Honda Civic earlier than shifting right into a Citroen C2 R2 MAX. His remaining try on the BRC was again in 2013 behind the wheel of a Renault Clio R3 when the championship was ran for two-wheel-drive solely. Returning with common co-driver Ciaran Geaney, the pair will enter the BRC1 class and combat for the general championship in a Ford Fiesta Rally2 which shall be run by McGeehan Motorsport.

Talking to the BRC’s web site, McGonigle praised the 2021 calendar as the principle motive for his return. “The 2021 British Rally Championship calendar is the rationale we’re coming again, to be trustworthy. It feels to me like a British Championship once more with an ideal unfold of occasions.

It additionally has regular rallies which can be achievable for most individuals due to the restricted time away. They’re all good British based mostly occasions and that has an actual draw to me in the mean time”.

Transferring from two-wheel drive to four-wheel drive with buy of a Skoda Fabia S2000 in 2014, McGonigle steered a wide range of equipment for the following six years, however an absence of gravel package for the automobiles he owned prevented him from competing on the floor.

“The S2000 Fabia that I purchased didn’t have a gravel package and neither did the R5 so I stayed on Tarmac again residence. I simply couldn’t justify spending the twenty grand’ or so on a gravel package for every automobile.”

Nonetheless, the acquisition of a Fiesta Rally2 mannequin with an obtainable gravel package reignited his curiosity on the floor, as did an entry into final 12 months Return to Rally Phases held in Greystoke forest.

“The Fiesta had a gravel package and the M-Sport Return to Rally Phases was just about the one rally final 12 months so we entered, unsure of what to anticipate. I bought in it and was blown away and thought, I`ve bought to do extra of this. We had a extremely good run in Greystoke and set some encouraging instances towards some actual gravel consultants.

I feel we even had a top-three time that day to complete sixth total however I’m afraid to learn an excessive amount of into that. I`m positive the highest BRC guys are going to be a step on from that tempo so will probably be attention-grabbing to see how we go on each surfaces. I`m wanting ahead to getting again within the collection once more”.

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