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Rally Portugal: Aimont Racing leg one summary

Gigi Galli in a Citroen Xsara WRC and Aimont Racing 12th overall at the end of the first Leg of Rally Portugal Gigi Galli and Giovanni Bernacchini in a Citroen Xsara WRC prepared by PH Sport Francia and run during the race by Aimont Racing...

Gigi Galli in a Citroen Xsara WRC and Aimont Racing 12th overall at the end of the first Leg of Rally Portugal

Gigi Galli and Giovanni Bernacchini in a Citroen Xsara WRC prepared by PH Sport Francia and run during the race by Aimont Racing Team, are 121th overall at the end of leg one at Rally Portugal, fifth round of the 2007 FIA World Rally Championship and third race of the season for the Italian driver

The French driver Loeb (Citroen) is leading, followed by Gronholm and Hirvonen both with a Ford.

Today's leg was divided in 6 special stages, three to be repeated twice, the longest of the day was Serra de Tavira, 24,38 km. Also today the weather was nice but a cold wind blew during the whole day. In the afternoon temperatures raise a bit.

Gigi Galli maintain a ninth place in the overall standings for the first two stages, SS Tavira (19.92 km) with some fast parts and SS Serra de Tavira (24.38 km) the longest of today's leg. In the third stage of the day Galli suffered a puncture on the rear left tyre, six km before the end of the stage and lost 45 seconds.

This morning have been chosen medium Pirelli tyres.

In the afternoon after the Service Park of mid-day the crew tackled the second pass on the stages of the morning. In this case harder Pirelli tyres have been chosen. In the afternoon the temperature was higher and therefore the tyres wear more so it has been dicided to use harder Pirelli tyres.

"I tried to drive clean and steady without taking to many risks. I have a good feeling with the Xsara but the times are still not that good" said Gigi Galli at the end of the leg "The stages during the second pass were not cleaner as a matter of fact times didn't improve that much in general. Now we will verify the suspensions and we need to find some more traction. We'll see how is going to be tomorrow"

-credit: ar

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Series WRC
Drivers Gianluigi Galli , Giovanni Bernacchini
Teams Citroën World Rally Team