Gigi Galli and Giovanni Bernacchini 6th overall at the end of leg one of Rally D'italia Sardegna, in their Ford Focus RS WRC of the Stobart VK M-Sport Ford team Rally Italia Sardegna 6th round of the FIA World Rally Championship...
Gigi Galli and Giovanni Bernacchini 6th overall at the end of leg one of Rally D'italia Sardegna, in their Ford Focus RS WRC of the Stobart VK M-Sport Ford team
Rally Italia Sardegna 6th round of the FIA World Rally Championship started yesterday evening with the Ceremonial Start from the enchanting Marina Vecchia of Porto Cervo.
The 57 crews taking part in the event this morning at 09.00 left the service park and headed towards the south of Olbia to tackle the 6 special stages provided for today's leg, three to be repeated twice, for a total of 131,56 timed kilometers.
Gigi Galli and Giovanni Bernacchini started well this morning obtaining the third best time in the first stage, Monte Corvos 16,43km. In the second stage, Castrazza 33,96km, the longest of the rally, at approximately mid through the stage they went off road and had a puncture. They had a delay of 1min12sec. In the following stage, Terranova 15,39km, they obtained again the third best time and so they kept under control their delay.
In the afternoon crews re-started for a second loop on the same stages and Galli was immediately very quick winning SS 4 (Monte Corvos) and obtaining again the third best time in next one (Castrazza).
"We started quite well and our time in the first stage was good despite the slippery route, because of the heavy rain of the previous days" said Gigi at the last Service Park of the day "When we were almost half through the stage we slid off road in a right hand corner and we hit a rock causing a puncture. I had to drive almost 20 km on the damaged tyre and I have to say that the Pirelli Scorpion tyres did a great job. The car feels good and in the next stage we did the third best time again. Things are going well so far and tomorrow I'll push a little bit more and we'll try to shorten the gap with the leaders".
Gigi Galli and Giovanni Bernacchini are now 6th overall, just 3.3 seconds away from 5th place.
Tomorrow's second leg will start at 08.00 from the Olbia Service Park and provide 134,60 timed kilometers divided into 6 stages, three to be repeated twice.