Donegal rally driver Declan Gallagher is in pole position to win the Dunlop Modified National Rally Championship, following his fourth place finish in Galway last weekend.
Gallagher and his co-driver Ryan Moore, in their Toyota Starlet RWD, had a fantastic run at the Galway Summer Rally, to finish just outside the top three.
The result means they have now moved to the top of Dunlop National Modified (two wheel-drive) Championship. And with just one rally in the championship remaining the Donegal crew are now in prime position to win the championship outright for the very first time.
The Galway Summer Rally was won by Hugh Hunter and Andy Marchbank in Subaru Impreza, with James Belton and Mark Glennester, also in an Impreza, in second place. Cork driver Darragh O’Riordan with Tony McDaid calling the notes, in a Ford Fiesta, finished in third place with Gallagher just over 17 second further back.
Gallagher, who is on a very good run of results, needs one last good run in Skibbereen on October 27th to clinch the championship and crown a great rally season for Donegal crews.
Declan and Brian Boyle from Leitirmacaward have already clinched the overall Dunlop Rally Championship.
The Boyles wrapped up the overall championship at the beginning of last month at the Stonethrower’s Rally in Tipperary, to become only the third Donegal crew to win the Championship.
Vincent Bonner and Seamus McGettigan, in 1987 and Paul Harris and Eugene O’Donnell, in 2000 were the previous Donegal winners.