Gigi Galli and Giovanni Bernacchini in their Ford Focus RS of the Stobart VK M-Sport Ford team, ready for the gravel roads of their home race, Rally d'Italia Sardegna The 6th round of the 2008 FIA World Rally Championship, Rally d'Italia, ...
Gigi Galli and Giovanni Bernacchini in their Ford Focus RS of the Stobart VK M-Sport Ford team, ready for the gravel roads of their home race, Rally d'Italia Sardegna
The 6th round of the 2008 FIA World Rally Championship, Rally d'Italia, will take place on the gravel roads of the beautiful island of Sardinia in the Mediterranean sea.
This will be the home race for the Italian crew of the Stobart VK M-Sport Ford team, Gigi Galli and Giovanni Bernacchini.
Gigi Galli took part in this rally three times already since the Italian round of the World Championship has been moved to Sardinia, and his best result so far has been a 6th place overall and 1st of Group N in 2004.
Last season Gigi didn't take part in this race and this year he is raring to go, surrounded by his fans and seeking another podium finish like in Sweden.
The crews nominated to score manufacturer points in Sardinia are the crew Gigi Galli/Giovanni Bernacchini and Matthew Wilson/Scott Martin.
"Well finally we have come to my home rally!" said Gigi Galli "Sardinia is a very nice island, quite wild in some parts, and some of the stages run through beautiful landscapes. I've taken part in this race a few times since it was moved to Sardinia in 2004. It is a very technical, tricky and difficult rally with very hard gravel roads and lots of loose stones. One of the stages I like most is Monte Lerno, the one with a very big jump that is so easy to catch out unwary drivers. I really look forward to getting there, to see all the Italian fans, and hopefully we can find the right rhythm and pace from the beginning."
"This event will provide another good opportunity for the Stobart team to pick up some good results after a fine effort in Jordan where all three crews finished in the points." Said Malcolm Wilson principal of the team "I was pleased that Gigi found his pace in Jordan and hopefully he can take this speed into his home rally; I feel confident he'll be battling for a podium here".
The rally will begin with the Ceremonial Start on Thursday May 15 from Porto Cervo, a beautiful and exclusive resort, the next day crews will enter the real competition. The first day will be run south of Olbia in the region of Nuoro and the route will be partly new. The second leg is very similar to last year, will be run inlands in the region of Gallura and includes the special stage Monte Lerno, famous for its high jump. Third leg will be again south of Olbia and the race will close with a short Super Special stage near Porto Cervo along the beautiful Cala di Volpe Gulf.
The 29 percent of the total route will be new and some of the stages will be run in the opposite direction to previous editions.
There will be a single Service Park located as usual along Olbia harbor. There will be 344,73 timed kilometers divided into 17 special stages and a total route of 1040.35 km.