Gal­lagher to use S8 Subaru Im­preza on first Ir­ish Tar­mac round

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Ir­ish mod­i­fied cham­pion De­clan Gal­lagher will en­ter the Gal­way In­ter­na­tional in a World Rally Car.

The deal to drive the S8-spec­i­fi­ca­tion Subaru Im­preza – which was used by Derek Mcgar­rity to win the 2003 Cir­cuit of Ire­land – has been made pos­si­ble with the help of Gal­way busi­ness 4x4 Ex­porter.

Speak­ing at the launch of the Ir­ish Tar­mac Cham­pi­onship’s first round, which takes place on Fe­bru­ary 5-7, Gal­lagher said he had taken a phone call just 24 hours ear­lier ask­ing if he would drive the Im­preza.

The car has been bought by for­mer Tar­mac cham­pion Garry Jen­nings. Jen­nings said: “At the minute the plan is to hire the car out to those who want it for events – it’s an in­vest­ment for the team.”

Gal­lagher has pre­vi­ously stated to Mo­tor­sport News that he wants to use an R5 or S2000 car in the Ir­ish Tar­mac se­ries, while just be­fore Christ­mas he sam­pled a Mcgeehan Mo­tor­sport Mini WRC.

In re­cent sea­sons he has cam­paigned a rear-wheel-drive Toy­ota Star­let to suc­cess in both the Na­tional Rally and Ir­ish Tar­mac se­ries.

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