Gallagher to use S8 Subaru Impreza on first Irish Tarmac round
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.