Mcgonigle upgrades to ex-bogie Fabia R5
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)