Gallagher bidding for a first National win

Gallagher bidding for a first National win
Ardara driver Declan Gallagher heads the local challenge in the National Rally Championship.

Ardara driver Declan Gallagher heads the local challenge in the National Rally Championship.

Gallagher and Ryan Moore, in their Toyota Starlet, are also bidding for a first Donegal win and are one of the form crews going into the weekend.

Gallagher/Moore, last year’s National Modified Championship winners, are once again leading the Modified Championship.

Despite only competing in two rounds of the championship, the Donegal crew top the table with full points after taking maximum points from the Galway International and the West Cork Rally.

They have four points to spare over joint second placed Mark Nangle and Fergus O’Meara.

And with neither Nangle or O’Meara coming to Donegal, Gallagher and Moore have an opportunity to extend their lead at the top of the table.

“It is the one rally that all Donegal crews want to do well in. It is the cream of the crop when it comes to rallying in Ireland,” said Declan.

“It is a challenging rally for both car and man and we are looking forward to the weekend and hoping everything goes well for us.”

Gallagher and Moore will face stiff competition from former winner Gary McPhilips, Paul Sheridan (Escort), Daniel McKenna and Wesley Patterson and Johnny Baird who are having a good season so far in their Mark 11 Escort.

And there is also the local challenge from Brian Brogan/Damien McGettigan, Damien Gallagher/Brendan McElhinney and Manus Kelly/Donal Barrett, all in Escorts.

Phil Collins is making the trip from Hertfordshire, with his Escort, and is another of the men to watch in the two wheel drives.