Following the accident that sidelined FranÃ§ois Delecour and Daniel Grataloup from Rally Australia in yesterday's opening leg, Marlboro Mitsubishi Ralliart is pleased to confirm that Daniel had a comfortable night in hospital in Perth and is ...
Following the accident that sidelined François Delecour and Daniel Grataloup from Rally Australia in yesterday's opening leg, Marlboro Mitsubishi Ralliart is pleased to confirm that Daniel had a comfortable night in hospital in Perth and is expected to be moved from the Intensive Care Unit to a ward later in the day.
Following further examination, including a CT scan, Daniel is confirmed to have fractured his pelvis, right leg, two posterior ribs, shoulder blade and thoracic vertebra, along with a small fracture to the base of his skull. In addition, he has bruising of the lungs and a wound in his right groin.
"Daniel's injuries are not as serious as we initially thought, although obviously he is in pain from a number of smaller injuries," commented Team Doctor Paul Trafford. "He is comfortable, his condition is stable and hopefully he'll be moved onto a ward later today. He has spoken to his wife who is reassured of his condition and, as is so typical of Daniel, he is in good spirits and laughing with the doctors and nurses."
Commenting on their stage seven accident, Daniel said: "Last year when we had the accident I was unconscious so I didn't know what was happening, but this time I saw everything. We were going so fast, about 160 kph, and we hit a very big tree and I knew the car was going to be bad. When we stopped I couldn't speak and François was slumped in the seat next to me; I thought my injuries would be worse than they are. I'd obviously like to thank everyone who helped us."
François remained in the hotel in Perth overnight and will visit Daniel later in the day. Marlboro Mitsubishi Ralliart will issue further information as it becomes available.