02 Aug 08
The Stobart VK M-Sport rally team has confirmed that Gigi Galli’s Ford Focus RS is too badly damaged to enable him to restart on Sunday under SupeRally rules.
Galli was in third place before the high speed accident, which happened 14.3 kilometres into stage 16, when the Italian misjudged his speed on a corner which also caught out his fellow WRC competitor P-G Andersson.
“It has been a bitterly disappointing end to the rally”, said Galli. “I was trying to keep our position against Sordo when the accident happened. My pace notes were slightly out and I ended up sliding into the ditch which caused the car to roll at high speed into the trees. We had got into a good rhythm and found a sensible speed and feeling with the car so I don’t think I was pushing too hard on the stage.”