Gallagher Racing Terre des Cardabelles summary

Gallagher Moves into 2nd in French Peugeot Championship Irish rally driver, Shaun Gallagher, 23, battled through a tough weekend to move into 2nd position in the French Peugeot 206 Cup and take 4th spot in the French Peugeot Gravel ...

Gallagher Moves into 2nd in French Peugeot Championship

Irish rally driver, Shaun Gallagher, 23, battled through a tough weekend to move into 2nd position in the French Peugeot 206 Cup and take 4th spot in the French Peugeot Gravel Championship.

The Terre des Cardabelles was a 14-stage gravel event and round 6 of the French Peugeot 206 Cup. The stages were fast and tricky with layers of loose gravel lying on top.

The event got off to a difficult start when Shaun suffered brake problems on the opening two stages. This problem has fixed during service but then suspension problems hampered his recovery and he finished the day in 12th position.

There were six stages to be contested on day two but Shaun's luck did not change. Three punctures during the day severely disrupted his progress back up the leader board. With only six tyres allowed for the event Shaun was now forced to run on repaired tyres, despite this Shaun battled through and moved into 8th position overnight.

Day three was a fresh start for the 23-year-old and he set 4th fastest time on days opening stage. This was quickly followed by fastest time on the next stage and Shaun had moved into 3rd place with two stages remaining. Bad luck struck again on the penultimate stage with another puncture leaving Shaun with no spare tyre for the final rough stage. With this in mind Shaun took the final stage cautiously but maintained position and finished the event in 3rd place.

Shaun is now lying 2nd overall in the French Peugeot 206 Cup. The next event in the championship is the Rallye Le Touquet in early October that Shaun competed in last year as part of the British Peugeot 206 Super Cup. Having won there last year he is looking for a good result again this year.

His next event is the Trackrod Rally (Yorkshire) next weekend (27th & 28th Sept.). It is the final event in the 2003 British Peugeot 206 Super Cup a championship that Shaun has already won.

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