Mur­phy picks up ex-loix Skoda S2000

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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.”

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