Murphy picks up ex-loix Skoda S2000
Owen Murphy will contest multiple Irish Tarmac rounds plus a selection of British championship events in his ex-freddy Loix Skoda Fabia ahead of a full domestic title attack next season.
The Irishman will give his Evo 3 Fabia its first event start on the West Cork Rally from March 12-13 after he skipped the Galway International earlier this month to secure his new-for-2016 machine.
Murphy, a two-time winner of the Irish Forestry championship in a Mitsubishi Lancer E9, feels that he’ll be competitive straight away in the Czech Super 2000 machine.
“I believe that we can be on the pace from the word go – that’s why I have chosen West Cork to start with. It’s a rally I am always competitive on.
“I have never driven with a sequential gearbox and I haven’t driven a naturally aspirated four-wheel-drive car before, but I’m confident I will pick it up.”
He added: “Hopefully next year we will be able to commit to doing the full Irish Tarmac Rally Championship in its entirety and, if budget allows, also take part on some rounds in the British championship.”