Shane Buckley heads for Scotland in June

Double Kerry Winter Rally winner Shane Buckley has secured an entry for next month’s Argyll Rally, the first rally in Scotland following prolonged pandemic related restrictions in Britain.

Buckley will co-drive for fellow London Irish Motor Club member Anthony O’Brien in a Mitsubishi Lancer E10 for the June 25 and 26 closed road event.

Such is the anticipation of a return to rallying in Scotland, the 120-car entry was full in a matter of minutes and the London Irish crew were lucky to make the cut.

It will be the Rockfield native’s first event since the Birr Rally in February 2020. He finished eighth overall on that event alongside Daniel Cronin, the same driver he guided to two wins in Kerry in 2016 and 2014.

“With Daniel based in West Cork he is very conscious about traveling outside of Ireland to do events,” Buckley said, “I took this opportunity with Anthony to get back into it and do a few different type events until Daniel feels ready to travel again,”

Sligo man, O’Brien is better known for his exploits in Belgium but previously won the Driver of the Day award on the 2014 Circuit of Kerry.

The Scottish Rally Championship counter will take place over 13 special stages on closed public roads on the Cowal Peninsula and will be based out of Dunoon Stadium about 50kms west of Glasgow.

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