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Swedish Rally: Shaun Gallagher final summary

Irish star achieves objective in Sweden. Irish rally star, Shaun Gallagher, competed in the second round of the World Rally Championship, the Swedish Rally (6th -- 8th Feb), and achieved his objective by finishing the event and gaining ...

Irish star achieves objective in Sweden.

Irish rally star, Shaun Gallagher, competed in the second round of the World Rally Championship, the Swedish Rally (6th -- 8th Feb), and achieved his objective by finishing the event and gaining the valuable experience needed to further his rallying career.

The rally was run in poor conditions with very little snow due the unusually warm weather prior to the event. The opening days stages were a mixture of snow, ice and gravel, with the roads getting more and more cut up as the rally cars passed through. Shaun drove through the stages, testing different settings and ensuring he made it to the end of each stage.

The conditions improved on Saturday and with that the Brendan Kelly backed crew began to make up time, moving up two or three positions each stage and by stage 11 they were lying 41st overall. However on stage 12 the Davy Greer run Evo VII slid wide on a corner and subsequently got stuck in a snow bank for over 15 minutes.

The Irish driver did not let this off affect the objective of the weekend and during leg 3, Shaun tested many different brake, differential and suspension settings, learning more and more on each stage. As he became more experienced Shaun began to set times inside the top 25 and moved further and further back up the leader board.

The Mullen Express Transport team finished the event 29th in Group N and 44th overall.

"We achieved exactly what we wanted from the event" commented Shaun. "I finished the event and have learned so much, it's a great start to the year"

-sgr-

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