Duval to replace Galli for Rally New Zealand

FIA World Rally Championship
Stobart VK M-Sport Ford rally team
News Update, 19 August 2008

Duval to replace Galli for Rally New Zealand

François Duval has been chosen to replace the injured Gigi Galli for Repco Rally New Zealand as the second Stobart VK M-Sport Ford rally team entrant. He will join Matthew Wilson as the second nominated point scoring driver.

Usually a team may only change one element of the entry but the Stobart team management are currently requesting permission from the FIA to change both the driver and co-driver elements due to the obvious safety issue brought about by a language barrier. If this is confirmed then Patrick Pivato would join Duval for the event.

This decision comes after Duval scored an amazing podium finish in Germany last week and, as the Belgian is also contesting events in Spain and Corsica later this year, it was the most logical decision to allow him more time behind the wheel of the Stobart Ford Focus RS WRC07.

Duval has already demonstrated his ability to perform on fast gravel in the southern hemisphere after he won Rally Australia in 2005.

Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Team Principal Malcolm Wilson said:
?We will be very happy to have François back in the Stobart team for New Zealand. He did a great job in Germany last weekend and as he is already confirmed to compete in Spain and Corsica, it will be a good opportunity for him to gain more valuable experience and time in the car.?

20th August, 2008