Scottish Legends racer Kieran Gallagher will make his British Touring Car Championship debut at the next event in Knockhill, granted the opportunity to race Team HARD’s second Vauxhall Insignia.
23-year-old Gallagher will make a dream debut as he takes over the second RCIB Insurance Insignia for the event at his home circuit of Knockhill later this month, taking the place of Robb Holland who himself took over the car at Snetteton following the summer break departure of James Cole.
Gallagher, who only gained his race license last year, has competed in the Scottish SMRC Legends Cars Championship which visits the Knockhill circuit frequently during their campaign, most recently taking a podium finish last month in the series’ lastest round.
The Scot recently also raced a Team HARD-prepared Volkswagen Golf in the APR Volkswagen Racing Cup’s visit to Spa-Francorchamps where he finished a credible 11th place during the weekend, and admitted he feels estatic to be promoted to the squad’s BTCC machine for the trip to Fife on August 24-25.
“I’m improving all the time but of course this is just amazing”, Gallagher enthused to btcc.net. “A year ago I was just excited to be in a motor race, and then to be leading a Legends race was a great milestone too, but moving up so quickly to drive a BTCC car is unbelievable.
“Knockhill was the main selling point and although it’s beyond my wildest dreams I won’t be racing just for fun.
“I’ve watched Jason Plato racing on TV for years and Gordon Shedden gave me one of my trophies last season, so for sure it’ll be a little surreal to be in the same race as guys like that, but I cannot wait and I hope to make the most of the opportunity.”
With Gallagher set to test the Insignia at Brands Hatch tomorrow (August 7), Team HARD boss Tony Gilham said on offering the seat to Gallagher: “We’re living our dreams, so why not help in making someone else’s come true.
“It’s a one-off deal at the moment and we’re realistic in our targets, but it would be great to pick up a points finish over the weekend. It’s a great opportunity for him to race at his local circuit and we’re all very excited about it.”