Mc­go­nigle up­grades to ex-bo­gie Fabia R5

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Joe Mc­go­nigle has up­graded to a Skoda Fabia R5 and will de­but the car on the Done­gal Har­vest Rally on Oc­to­ber 8.

Mc­go­nigle had cam­paigned a Skoda Fabia S2000 driven by Se­bastien Ogier, but has pur­chased Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship fron­trun­ner David Bo­gie’s car ahead of an as­sault on the Ir­ish Tar­mac Cham­pi­onship next year.

“It’s at Derek Mcgeehan Mo­tor­sport’s work­shop now hav­ing a once over, he’ll look af­ter it as he’s the right man for the job,” said Mc­go­nigle. “We’ll do the Done­gal Har­vest Rally, I’d love to do the Cork ‘20’ [fi­nal round of the Ir­ish Tar­mac Cham­pi­onship] but that may be too much too soon. We’ve no spares so we’ve had to buy 16 wheels and a turbo, so we’ll get that sorted first then we’ll think about other events.”

Mc­go­nigle added that he could re­turn to gravel for the first time in five years in 2017, but it’s de­pen­dant on cost.

“I’d love to do gravel but there’s no gravel kit with the car. I haven’t done gravel since 2012, so I would love to do gravel so maybe at some stage we’ll pick up a kit.” ● David Bo­gie has a new Skoda Fabia R5 ahead of the Manx, af­ter Mc­go­nigle pur­chased his old car. Bo­gie has com­peted in the car in the Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship this year.

Mc­go­nigle’s S2000 and his ex-bo­gie Fabia (in­set)

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