FRANCOIS DUVAL HOLDS ELEVENTH PLACE AFTER OPENING LEG OF THE CORSICA RALLY Francois Duval and co-driver Patrick Pivato completed the first four stages of the Rallye de France - Tour de Corse in 11th place having been consistently the highest ...
FRANCOIS DUVAL HOLDS ELEVENTH PLACE AFTER OPENING LEG OF THE CORSICA RALLY
Francois Duval and co-driver Patrick Pivato completed the first four stages of the Rallye de France - Tour de Corse in 11th place having been consistently the highest placed Skoda driver throughout the leg.
The 25-year old Belgian driver set sixth fastest time on the opening stage with a confident drive in the First Motorsport Skoda Team Fabia WRC05. It was a good start to the event considering that Duval had missed the vital shakedown test yesterday while the team resolved a mysterious problem that left him with no brakes. With Corsica known as 'The Rally of 10,000 Corners' this was a major concern and the team worked until 2am this morning before it was satisfied that the problem had been rectified. However, this afternoon's pair of stages saw Duval slip down the leaderboard and out of the top 10.
Duval said: "The team did a fantastic job to get the car ready to start this rally and I was able to push from the beginning. The first stage was good but I lost a little time on the second because the new cooling system on the brakes actually worked too well and I didn't get enough heat into them for the first few kilometres. We made some changes this afternoon but there was no grip. I don't know why so we must go back to the base settings."
First Motorsport team principal Willy Collignon said: "After yesterday's problems during shakedown, Francois made a fantastic start. Unfortunately the car's set-up was not quite right this afternoon and we must resolve that for tomorrow."
Each leg of this fifth round of the 2006 World Rally Championship comprises two long stages in the morning, repeated in the afternoon following lunchtime service on the quayside in the port of Ajaccio.