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Rally Jordan: Gigi Galli leg one summary

Gigi Galli and Giovanni Bernacchini in their Ford Focus RS WRC of the Stobart VK M-Sport Ford team, had to stop today, they will re-start tomorrow under Super Rally rule. Gigi Galli and Giovanni Bernacchini two special stages bifore the end of...

Gigi Galli and Giovanni Bernacchini in their Ford Focus RS WRC of the Stobart VK M-Sport Ford team, had to stop today, they will re-start tomorrow under Super Rally rule.

Gigi Galli and Giovanni Bernacchini two special stages bifore the end of day 1 of Rally Jordan, had to stop and will re-start tomorrow under Super Rally rule with 10 minutes penalty. Two kilometers after the start of SS 6 Galli slid with the back of his Ford Focus into e bank and this caused a damage to the differential cooling system and the exhaust.

Rally Jordan, that entered the World Rally Championship this year for the first time, started yesterday evening with the Ceremonial start at Emaar South Park on the coast of the Dead Sea The real action started this morning at eight with a high temperature that grew during the day and reached 40C, quite tough on drivers that had to tackle 115 timed kilometers Today's leg provided 8 special stages, four to be repeated twice, in the region of the Jordan Valley. The gravel stages of the Jordan desert have a very hard surface, in some parts quite slippery with some asphalt parts, like towards the end of SS1/5, where cars reach the maximum speed. Other stages go along a hill side on very narrow roads, with drops on the side and others wide, fast and with flowing curves. The Pirelli Scorpion tyres were very good on this abrasive surface.

"Obviously I am very disappointed with my problem today as the rally was going quite well for me and I was starting to get a good feeling with the car. We slid on a slippy section of the stage and went backwards into a big bank of rocks and this damaged the diff cooler and I was unable to continue as the temperature rose so high; I didn't want to cause a lot of damage. I hope the team can repair this for tomorrow as its very important for me to get back out there and learn more about this rally and this unique surface. The first loop of stages today went well for me and I was starting to find a good rhythm and getting more confidence with the car and I would like to continue with this progress tomorrow." Dani Sordo (Citroen), who won 3 stages today, is leading provisional standigs and his team mate Sebastien Loeb, who also won 3 stages today, is following him very close. Few seconds beheind them Jari-Matti Lavala (Ford) and Mikko Hirvonen (Ford).

Tomorrow's leg will start at eight and the crews will head north towards the capital city Amman and provide other 4 special stages to be repeated twice for a total of 109,84 timed kilometers. Weather conditions will be again high temperature and dry. The arrival is at 16,29 after a 45 minutes service park.

-credit: gigigalli.com

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Series WRC
Drivers Sébastien Loeb , Mikko Hirvonen , Gianluigi Galli , Giovanni Bernacchini
Teams Citroën World Rally Team , M-Sport