Irish Rally driver, Shaun Gallagher, and co-driver Richard Pashley battled through a troubled weekend in France to earn themselves valuable championship points and move himself into 2nd position in the race for the French Peugeot 206 Cup. The ...
Irish Rally driver, Shaun Gallagher, and co-driver Richard Pashley battled through a troubled weekend in France to earn themselves valuable championship points and move himself into 2nd position in the race for the French Peugeot 206 Cup. The Donegal driver is also leading the Peugeot Junior Championship.
The Rallye du Rouergue, run in South France, was a fifteen stage tarmac event, with fast, technical mountain stages. This was Shaun's first tarmac event since March and with temperatures over 30(C the Motorsport Ireland Billy Coleman Award Winner had a lot to adjust to.
The event did not start well for Shaun when on the opening stage he lost his brakes and was forced to drive that stage and the next without them. Stages four and five were run in the dark and Shaun began to adjust to the conditions and set two very quick times.
Day two did not get any better for the 23 year old when he bent a steering arm on the first stage of the day and there were another two stages to drive before service. Following service Shaun was happy with the handling of the car but an off on SS8 and a puncture on SS9 hampered his progress back up the leader board. The remaining two stages of the day were trouble free and Shaun finished day two 12th overall.
Following a difficult two days Shaun made a conscious decision to get the car to the finish fully aware that he needed the valuable championship points. He moved up a place into 11th on the second stage of day three and he maintained this pace to end, finishing 11th overall and earning ten important championship points.
"It was a very tough weekend," commented Shaun. "We just kept wondering what was going to go wrong next, but we battled through and the points we earned are vital in the championship race"
Shaun returns home on Monday and has just one day in Ireland before he leaves for then next round of the British Peugeot 206 Super Cup, the Jim Clark Memorial Rally.