Irish rally driver, Shaun Gallagher, took victory on this weekends Jim Clark Junior Rally and extended his lead at the top of the British Peugeot 206 Super Cup championship table to 25Â½ points. The Jim Clark was the first asphalt event for the ...
Irish rally driver, Shaun Gallagher, took victory on this weekends Jim Clark Junior Rally and extended his lead at the top of the British Peugeot 206 Super Cup championship table to 25½ points. The Jim Clark was the first asphalt event for the Peugeot Cup this year and changeable weather conditions made tyre decisions for the Motorsport Ireland Billy Coleman Award Winner almost impossible.
The event began with two spectator stages in Edinburgh on Friday evening and Shaun was fully aware that the rally could be lost but not won on such stages. The 23 year old maintained a steady pace and finished day one just four seconds off the lead.
The bright sunny weather of Friday gave way to drizzle and rain on Saturday. A gear selection problem on the days opening stage hampered Shaun's progress up the leader board and he was lying 4th with three stages remaining.
However on stage five, despite a wrong tyre choice, Shaun took a phenomenal eleven seconds out of the leader and moved into 2nd place. The final stage of the day was frighteningly slippery and Shaun decided to drive with an air of caution hoping that others would slip up. The decision paid off and Shaun, with co-driver, Richard Pashley, took victory by over five seconds.
"I am over the moon," commented Shaun. "It was a very difficult rally, the conditions meant that I really had to think about ever corner of every stage but it paid off and the win really boosts my championship position"
Shaun now has a weekend off but he will return to France the following weekend for round five of the French Peugeot 206 Cup.