The Motorsport UK British Rally Championship will certainly have an acquainted face returning in 2021 as previous participant Joseph McGonigle returns after a prolonged duration far from the collection.
The Irishman has a well-known background with the champion having actually begun back in 2008 with a Honda Civic prior to relocating right into a Citroen C2 R2 MAX. His last effort at the BRC was back in 2013 behind the wheel of a Renault Clio R3 when the champion was competed two-wheel-drive just. Returning with normal co-driver Ciaran Geaney, both will certainly go into the BRC1 course as well as defend the general champion in a Ford Fiesta Rally2 which will certainly be run by McGeehan Motorsport.
Speaking to the BRC’s web site, McGonigle commended the 2021 schedule as the major factor for his return. “The 2021 British Rally Championship schedule is the factor we are returning, to be straightforward. It really feels to me like a British Championship once more with a terrific spread of occasions.
“It also has normal rallies that are achievable for most people thanks to the limited time away. They are all good British based events and that has a real draw to me at the moment”.
Moving from two-wheel drive to 4×4 with acquisition of a Skoda Fabia S2000 in 2014, McGonigle guided a range of equipment for the following 6 years, however an absence of crushed rock set for the automobiles he had avoided him from completing externally.
“The S2000 Fabia that I bought didn’t have a gravel kit and neither did the R5 so I stayed on Tarmac back home. I just couldn’t justify spending the twenty grand’ or so on a gravel kit for each car.”
However, the acquisition of a Fiesta Rally2 design with a readily available crushed rock set reignited his passion externally, as did an access right into in 2015 Return to Rally Stages kept in Greystoke woodland.
“The Fiesta had a gravel set as well as the M-Sport Return to Rally Stages was basically the only rally in 2015 so we got in, unsure of what to anticipate. I entered it as well as was surprised as well as believed, I`ve reached do even more of this. We had an actually excellent run in Greystoke as well as establish some motivating times versus some actual crushed rock specialists.
“I think we even had a top-three time that day to finish sixth overall but I’m afraid to read too much into that. I`m sure the top BRC guys are going to be a step on from that pace so it will be interesting to see how we go on both surfaces. I`m looking forward to getting back in the series again”.