Shaun Gallagher has won the 2002 Billy Coleman Award. The award, named after one of Ireland's most successful rally drivers, is presented by Motorsport Ireland to the best up and coming driver. This award tops off an outstanding year for the young Letterkenny man, a year that saw him move to the forefront of motorsport both at home and abroad.
Shaun finished 2nd in this year's Peugeot 206 Super Cup following a season long battle with Gary Jennings and he was awarded no less than five top awards at the annual Peugeot Sport Gala Ball in November.
The winner was announced today (Monday 2nd) at the Alfa Romeo / Motorsport Ireland Awards for Excellence and Shaun said this: "I'm absolutely delighted, it is an honour to take on the title Billy Coleman Award Winner because of the success and status of the award. Having awards behind your name is a real advantage in motorsport and I hope that this will help open a lot of doors for me"
The award is worth ^À30,000 and includes a week at a major European Rally School, a free competition licence, free entry fees and free road insurance for a year. International co-driver Ronan Morgan will also provide the winner with advice on various aspects of international competition.