Gigi Galli and Giovanni Bernacchini in their Ford Focus RS of the Stobart VK M-Sport Ford team, ready to start the tenth round of the FIA World Rally Championship, Rally Germany a challenge on tarmac. Gigi Galli and his co-driver Giovanni ...
Gigi Galli and Giovanni Bernacchini in their Ford Focus RS of the Stobart VK M-Sport Ford team, ready to start the tenth round of the FIA World Rally Championship, Rally Germany a challenge on tarmac.
Gigi Galli and his co-driver Giovanni Bernacchini prepared the tenth round of the season, Rally Deutschland that will take place on the asphalt roads around Trier in Germany, doing some tests with the Ford Focus RS tarmac set-up and the Pirelli PZero tyres.
"I'm satisfied with the test we have done before this new round of the World Rally Championship" said Galli "We didn't have the possibility to test much before other events, now we had the opportunity to test the Ford Focus with asphalt set-up and the new Pirelli PZero tyres both with hard and soft compound, and we are quite happy with the results. We took part in this race few times and the last asphalt event this year was Rally Montecarlo last January, where the Focus RS showed to be quite fast, so I think it'll take a few stages to get the right feeling with this surface again. The last time we entered this race was in 2005 and we finished fifth overall, such a result will be good this year. The Super Special stage on Sunday will be spectacular. Trier is a beautiful and get crowded with fans crazy for rallies".
The Italian Crew Galli/Bernacchini has been nominated by Stobart VK M-.Sport Ford to score points for the Manufacturer Championship together with the French crew Francois Duval/Patrick Pivato.
Rally Germany is going to be quite a demanding event, with asphalt speed tests very different from those of last tarmac event Rally Montecarlo. There are three different type of stages: the narrow and winding roads along the Mosel River, the wider and fast roads in the Saarland region, that can become treacherous in case of rain, and the famous stages inside the military complex of Baumholder. These last ones have a very abrasive asphalt, often covered with sand or gravel that make it very slippery and that will put under strain the Pirelli PZero tyres, this time provided both with soft and hard compound. Furthermore along the roads there are big kerb stones known as "hinkelstein". A rally route that does not forgive even the smallest mistake.
The route hasn't change much from last year, with some stages used in the opposite direction. The rally HQ is located as usual in the town of Trier, close to the Luxembourg border. On Thursday crews will take part in the Ceremonial start from the historic Porta Nigra, the next day speed tests are in the vineyards along the Mosel river, while on Saturday stages will be run in Saarland and at Baumholder, with two remote service parks. On Sunday the stages will be again among the vineyards and the event will close with the spectacular Super Special in Trier close to Porta Nigra, with several cars racing at the same time. A total of 352,89 timed kilometers divided into 19 special stages and a total route of 1174,91 km.