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GP Week : Issue 24
>>WRCnews ‘Gigi’ latest: out for season ITALIAN WRC driver Gianluigi ‘Gigi’Galli underwent successful surgery at Barmherzige Hospital in Trier on Friday following his crash on SS5 of the ADAC Rallye Deutschland. The accident occurred when his Stobart team Ford Focus RS WRC impacted a tree on the driver’s side. The car was propelled off the road when the driver encountered a rock beside the track, on the line where he was cutting a bend. The surgery was essential because part of the bone near the top of the femur had splintered. His team confirmed he is recovering well and is expected be released from hospital on Wednesday 20th August. Doctors have estimated that he will be unable to walk on the leg for six to eight weeks, and will require physiotherapy afterwards. Galli is not expected to be able to return to rallying for the rest of the season. Galli’s co-driver Giovanni Bernacchini was unhurt in the crash, and was explaining the details when he visited the Service Park on Saturday. “The impact was against a tree on the left side of the car. The data recorder measured the impact at 7.2g force.” big rallies this weekend IN Britain, attention will be on the Toddsleap.com Ulster International Rally, fourth round of the British series and seventh round of the Global Irish series. Major news is that the Citroen guest driver Simon Jean-Joseph has had to withdraw and his place at the wheel of a Citroen C2 R2 Max is to be taken by Sebastien Ogier. Meanwhile, the Barum Rally will be run as qualifying round of both the European championship and the IRC, out of the Czech city of Zlin. No fewer than 22 drivers Jan Kopeckies should be driving a prototype Skoda Fabia S2000 have entered Super 2000 cars, a world record, out of 125 entries received. It is expected that Jan Kopecky will drive a prototype Skoda Fabia S2000 as course car. One of the most amazing events of the season counts for the FIA’s African Rally Championship. This is the Dunlop Challenge Rally of Zimbabwe, run Friday to Sunday over special stages close to the country’s capital Harare. The Indonesia Rally enters a new era this year, the first time this traditional FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship event is being run since it was placed on the 2010 world championship calendar. As part of their preparations for the future, there will be an indoor service area in the host city of Makassar. 17