Gigi Galli and Giovanni Bernacchini in their Ford Focus RS of the Stobart VK M-Sport Ford team, are 4th overall at the end of day 1 of spectacular Rally Finland, 9th round of the 2008 FIA World Rally Championship The classic Finnish race started...
Gigi Galli and Giovanni Bernacchini in their Ford Focus RS of the Stobart VK M-Sport Ford team, are 4th overall at the end of day 1 of spectacular Rally Finland, 9th round of the 2008 FIA World Rally Championship
The classic Finnish race started yesterday evening with the usual Super Special at Killeri trotting track. 99 crews left the Jyvaskyla Service Park at 19,45, to tackle the 2.6 km of the opening stage of the event, while the real action started this morning. Sebastien Loeb (Citroen) won the Killeri Super Special, that has been repeated, as closing stage of day 1, this evening too.
This morning short before the start of the rally at 06.30, a started to rain and the first stage of the day a little slippery. The weather improved during the day and the sun peep out of the dark big clouds.
Today's leg provided 131,70 timed kilometers divided into 10 special stages. Gigi Galli, supported by a crowd of fans, among those a big group of Italians that used their summer vacation to follow him on the rally, maintained a good steady rhythm throughout the whole day, without pushing too much and climbing up to third position overall during the second half of the day. A consistent and steady pace that allowed him to close the first racing day in an excellent position.
"This morning we started quite well, I've lost a little bit my rhythm and therefore also some time, during SS 2.In the following stages we've tried to be constant, without pushing too much. This is an important rally for us but also important to get points for the team in the Manufacturer Championship. The race is still quite long, but I'm really happy with how the car feels, we did just few adjustments during the second Service Park. I like also the new Pirelli Scorpion soft compound tyres that we are using here for the first time and that proved to be very good also on the wet surface we had today. Towards the end of the day I lost some speed and Henning (Solberg) passed me, anyway it is a good place to start from tomorrow".
Tomorrows' second day, will be the longest of the rally. The stages are located near Jamsa as before, but five of the 10 stages (168,25 km), are brand new. Crews will leave the Service Park in Jyvaskyla at 06.00 and the day will close at 19.51.