Rob Duggan has entered the Galway International Rally… *

Rob Duggan has entered next month’s Corrib Oil Galway International Rally* but in totally unexpected way. 

The winner of the 2021 Killarney Historic Rally will compete in the opening round of the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship in a Honda Civic…in the passenger seat. 

The Aghadoe man will co-drive for his friend Jason Farrell in the junior rally section of the February 5 and 6 event. 

Martin Farrell (Clerk of the course), Dan Keane (Chairman), Rob Duggan, Rentokil Initial managing director Michael O’Mahoney, Ger Conway, Sean Kelly MEP and Darren McCormick (Deputy Clerk of the course) at the Rentokil Initial Killarney Historic Rally ceremonial start in Killarney town centre. Picture: Eamonn Keogh

The pair were due to contest the 2019 West Cork Rally together until the pandemic got in the way. 

It will only be Rob’s second time competing as a co-driver, he guided his sister Tara to fourth in class in the Imokilly Mini Stages in July 2019 in a Ford Fiesta R2.

February’s event is repayment to his friend Jason who helped build the new Ford Escort Mk2 that Rob steered to victory in the Rentokil Initial Killarney Historic Rally last November. 

Rentokil Initial managing director Michael O’Mahoney with modified category winners Rob Duggan and Ger Conway at the Rentokil Initial Killarney Historic Rally finish ramp at The Gleneagle Killarney . Picture: Eamonn Keogh

“Every night I was up in the shed at the car, he was three too,” said Rob. “I want to help him and repay him but I am a very bad passenger – I am fitting my own set of brake pedals to the passenger side.”

Note that this story is based on entries received for the Galway International Rally – the full seeded list has not yet been published by Galway Motor Club. 

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