GARETH MACHALE CARRIES THE FLAG FOR IRELAND After a three month break from the World Rally Championship, Gareth MacHale will be flying the flag for Ireland on the final round, Rally GB, in his 2003 Ford Focus WRC "We are seeded second ...
GARETH MACHALE CARRIES THE FLAG FOR IRELAND
After a three month break from the World Rally Championship, Gareth MacHale will be flying the flag for Ireland on the final round, Rally GB, in his 2003 Ford Focus WRC
"We are seeded second privateer and the only crew from the Republic of Ireland in the top 130 entries." said Gareth, "We have to perform well to try and maintain the momentum from a great first year in the World Rally Championship, but also to uphold Irish honours. All eyes will be on Ireland's new round of the WRC next year, so it would also be great to put in a good result to boost interest."
Gareth has already made his mark on the WRC this year, breaking a 21 year gap since the last Irishman, Billy Coleman, scored Championship points on the 1985 Tour de Corse.
He and co-driver Paul Nagle have never contested the event before but are familiar with the forests in South Wales from their one make series days. "The stages will be similar to ones we have used before and I definitely prefer gravel so we are really looking forward to it. The break since the last event in Japan has been longer than I would have liked, but it was a commitment we made before the season started. I just didn't realise how much I would miss it when we decided which events to drop!"
The last outing for a MacHale on Rally GB was Gareth's dad, Austin in 2002. "That was in the trusty old Corolla that I used last year." explained Gareth, "The Focus should be a bit closer to the pace but there is a lot of stiff competition from both the WRC and Rally GB regulars."