Super 1600 Challenge for Gallagher in Donegal Forty-three crews descended on the South East French town of Valence for round 4 of the French Peugeot 206 Cup this weekend. The Rallye Terre du Diois was a two-day, twelve stage rally run in the...
Super 1600 Challenge for Gallagher in Donegal
Forty-three crews descended on the South East French town of Valence for round 4 of the French Peugeot 206 Cup this weekend. The Rallye Terre du Diois was a two-day, twelve stage rally run in the hills around Valence and Die.
Having competed in this event last year, Irish rally star Shaun Gallagher was confident of a good result and started the event with top five fastest times on the opening two stages. On stage three Shaun dropped lost time when a car that had gone off in front of him blocked the stage. Despite this was lying in 7th position at first service.
However the Donegal driver never got an opportunity to move from this position when on stage five a large rock in the middle of the road damaged the Peugeots fuel pump and the car stopped on the stage.
The team now has just one week to prepare for the next event, the Donegal International Rally on the 18th, 19th and 20th June. This event presents a new challenge for Shaun, as he will compete for the first time in a Super 1600 Citroen Saxo. It is vital that Shaun gets a chance to learn the Super 1600 car and this event provides the perfect occasion.
Shaun faces some stiff competition in Donegal, as he will compete against one of Britain's top Super 1600 drivers, Gareth Jones with top experienced co driver David Senior and local Donegal driver Seamus Gallagher who will compete in the same car.
Although this is Shaun's home event he has competed in it just once before. He will also be hampered by lack of testing and time in the car. Shaun will only collect the car in France on Monday and must make the long journey home to Letterkenny and fit in a recce for the rally all before Friday.
"I am really excited about Donegal," commented Shaun. "The car is the same spec as the car used by Sebastian Loeb when he won the JWRC in 2001 so it will take a little adapting to. I just want to get in and drive now!"