01 Nov 08
Francois Duval’s co-driver Patrick Pivato’s is in a stable but critical condition in hospital after being injured in an accident on Friday’s first day of Rally Japan.
The Frenchman was airlifted to Sapporo’s Higashi Tokushukai hospital yesterday afternoon after his car crashed sideways, at high speed, into a roadside barrier on SS6.
Pivato underwent two hours of surgery on Friday evening to repair a broken right tibia and fractured pelvis. During the operation, however, some internal bleeding was discovered and this necessitated a further operation later in the night. The second operation concluded at 0100hrs this morning.
A Stobart team representative said Patrick had made steady improvements over the course of the morning and that progress reports would be issued when available.