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Rally Jordan: Gigi Galli leg two summary

Gigi Galli and Giovanni Bernacchini 10th overall winning 3 special stages in their Ford Focus RS WRC of the Stobart VK M-Sport Ford team Gigi Galli and Giovanni Bernacchini are 10th overall at the end of leg 2 of Rally Jordan, 5th round of the...

Gigi Galli and Giovanni Bernacchini 10th overall winning 3 special stages in their Ford Focus RS WRC of the Stobart VK M-Sport Ford team

Gigi Galli and Giovanni Bernacchini are 10th overall at the end of leg 2 of Rally Jordan, 5th round of the FIA World Rally Championship. Yesterday the Italian crew of the Stobart VK M-Sport Ford team had to retire two stages before the end of the leg and they re-started today under Super Rally rule and therefore with 10 minutes penalty. Gigi's rhythm today was quite good and steady and he won the last three special stages of the day.

It's been another hard day for drivers today who tackle 109,84 timed kilometers divided into 8 special stages on a difficult route with some very narrow passes, on a hard surface often covered by gravel where it was difficult to find the right feeling and the right braking points and giving a hard time to the first drivers on the route. It was another very hot day with temperature as high as 40C, tough on drivers and cars. The Scorpion Pirelli tyres proved again to work well on this tough kind of surface.

"We have been going quite well this morning and the car is feeling very good after yesterday. " said Gigi Galli at the end of the leg "I feel more relaxed today and am finding a good feeling and rhythm with car. I'm using my time now to make some changes and get a better feeling on gravel for the next few rallies so we are using the time to concentrate on learning more about the car. Malcolm (Wilson) gave me some good advices this morning and they have been useful and we obtained three fastest time this afternoon. I think that, before, I was attacking too hard trying to find the times but now I'm driving more smoothly and it feels a lot better like this. The car has really been great today and now I'm starting to feel the Pirelli tyres working with me. It's going well and we are still looking good for some manufacturer points".

The World Champion Sebastien Loeb (Citroen) who this morning passed his team mate Dani Sordo and settled on top of the classification, had to retire when Rautenbach (Citroen) hit his car on a road section after SS12. At this point Dani Sordo took the lead for a short time until Jari-Matti Latvala (Ford Focus) passed him and leaded the race until the last special stage of the day when Sordo passed him. Sordo will be first on the road tomorrow sweeping the route for the following drivers.

Tomorrow the final day of Rally Jordan will start at 6.45 am and is going to be the longest one, with 134,24 timed kilometers divided into three special stages to be repeated twice, including the longest one of the rally, Jordan River, 41,45 km. The arrival will be tomorrow at 3.00 pm.

-credit: gigigalli.com

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Series WRC
Drivers Sébastien Loeb , Jari-Matti Latvala , Gianluigi Galli , Giovanni Bernacchini
Teams Citroën World Rally Team , M-Sport