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GP Week : Issue 35
>>WRCJAPAN JAPAN 1. Mikko Hirvonen 2. Jari-Matti Latvala 3. Sebastien Loeb 4. Chris Atkinson 5. P-G Andersson 6. T. Gardemeister 7. Matthew Wilson 8. Petter Solberg Ford 3h25:03.0 Ford + 31.1 Citroen + 2:30.6 Subaru + 3:42.4 Suzuki + 5:12.9 Suzuki + 6:09.4 Ford + 7:05.3 Subaru + 13:19.9 Points: Loeb 112, Hirvonen 102, Sordo 59, Latvala 50, Atkinson 50, P Solberg 41 Pivato crash makes two CO-DRIVER Patrick Pivato was critically injured in an accident on the sixth stage of Rally Japan when the car driven by Francois Duval left the road and impacted on a guard rail on the side of the road. A steel post tensioning wires attached to the rails caused severe damage to the co-driver’s side of the car, and it took a considerable time before Pivato could be extricated and taken to hospital. Initial examination showed he had a broken pelvis and tibia bone, and during an operation to set the bones internal bleeding occurred and a further operation was necessary. As a result Pivato’s condition was expected to be critical for at least 24 hours. The 2007 specification car was fitted with traditional rally seats, not the new safety seats. Following Gigi Galli’s accident in Germany, this is the second serious accident suffered by the leading Stobart entry this year. Rescue vehicles, including an ambulance, on their way to Francois Duval (BEL), Ford, who crashed 5km into the stage. Duval was unhurt but his co-driver, Patrick Pivato (FRA), was taken to hospital. 41