FR: Shaun Gallagher round one summary

Gallagher Wins Opening French Peugeot Round Irish rally star, Shaun Gallagher, 23, has won the opening round of the 2004 French Peugeot 206 Super Cup. Gallagher, who finished 3rd in the championship last year, battled through some of the...

Gallagher Wins Opening French Peugeot Round

Irish rally star, Shaun Gallagher, 23, has won the opening round of the 2004 French Peugeot 206 Super Cup. Gallagher, who finished 3rd in the championship last year, battled through some of the roughest stages he has ever driven on to come away with his maiden victory in the French Cup.

Having worked with Skip Brown Cars in the British Peugeot 206 Cup for the past two years Shaun decided to have the car prepared by them for 2004 and as always it arrived at the event perfectly set up and reliability was second to none.

The Rally Terre d'Auvergne was a two-day, ten-stage gravel event, run in the mountains around Issoire and Clermont Ferrand. Despite spending the winter rallying on snow, Shaun was instantly on the pace and was settings top three fastest times from the beginning of the event.

In tricky, rough conditions, with patches of snow on the stages Shaun swapped times with Thierry Brun, Oliver Moni and Arnaud Augoyard and finished the opening day in fourth position, with just thirty seconds separating the top five drivers.

The second day of the event was drier and the pace increased even more. With that Shaun pulled back over twenty seconds in just two stages and was now just one position off the lead.

Fastest stage times on three of the days five stages saw Shaun and co-driver Richard Pashley grab the lead and extend their winning margin to forty seconds.

"I am absolutely over the moon, this is my first win in France and to win the first round of the year is even better. The team and car were top class and we had no mechanical problems over the entire weekend" commented Shaun.

Shaun's next event is the Rallye Terre d'Auxerrois on the 1st and 2nd May.

-sgr-

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