Gallagher French rally round five summary

Gallagher suffers 1st retirement in 25 events Motorsport Ireland Billy Coleman Award Winner, Shaun Gallagher, suffered his first retirement in twenty-five events and fifteen months at Round 5 of the French Peugeot 206 Cup and French Peugeot ...

Gallagher suffers 1st retirement in 25 events

Motorsport Ireland Billy Coleman Award Winner, Shaun Gallagher, suffered his first retirement in twenty-five events and fifteen months at Round 5 of the French Peugeot 206 Cup and French Peugeot Gravel Championship.

The Rally Terre des Langres was run near Dijon in France and the long gravel stages were rough with deep ruts and large rocks.

Shaun was instantly on the pace and even with a burst radiator he managed to set 2nd fastest time on the opening stage. On the next stage Shaun as just one second behind the leader and was lying 2nd overall by just eight seconds.

However, on stage three Shaun and co-driver Richard Pashley landed heavily following a 6th gear jump, the 206 bottomed out, bursting a hole in the sump, causing instant retirement.

"Obviously I am disappointed" commented Shaun "But the championship only counts five scores from the eight rounds so we're still very much in the running.

The French Championship now takes a break until late August.

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