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GP Week : Issue 36
Pivato coming home PATRICK Pivato, co-driver for Francois Duval who was badly hurt in a first day accident in Rally Japan, is expected to be back in France tomorrow (Tuesday). Subsequent operations stabilised his internal hemorrhaging and enabled him to start the recovery process. On arrival in France he is to be transferred to a hospital in Lyon. He has six fractures of his leg as well as a broken pelvis and has been told he faces three months of convalescence. There are already questions about the failure of local medical services to have sufficient blood reserves and claims that rescue teams took a long time to arrive to arrive at the scene of the crash. No decision has yet been taken about whether Duval will seek a different co-driver for Wales Rally GB, or ask for another driver to take over the Stobart entry. He told journalists in Belgium he will test a Focus this Saturday and will then make a decision. Nasser is triple FIA champion! Crocker defeats gearbox woes in China CHAMPION Cody Crocker snatched a last stage victory over fellow Subaru driver Hiroshi Yanagisawa to win the China Rally, final round of the FIA’s Asia Pacific Championship despite losing time earlier with gearbox problems. Hiroshi Yanagisawa went straight into the lead, taking 18 advantage of Crocker’s troubles. Crocker passed into the lead on SS5, before suffering another problem, letting Yanagisawa back ahead at half way. Crocker eventually caught him back again on the second day, and won the event by 1.7s. Dean Herridge was also delayed by transmission trouble. NASSER Al Attiyah, from Qatar, clinched his third FIA title of the season when he won the Troodos Rally in Cyprus, thereby gaining the Middle East Rally Championship. Earlier in the season he has taken the FIA Cup for Cross Country Bajas, and later the FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies. The Pirelli Star Driver nomination from the MERC region was left undecided, to be settled in one month’s time in Dubai, with the Lebanese driver Nick Georgiou the strong favourite. Nasser is one of motorsport’s most amazing champions. He is an all embracing sportsman, not only in a variety of rallysport disciplines, but also as an Olympic standard skeet shooting champion. He started rallysport in 1989, had a break of eight years before returning to win the MERC series for the first of five times. In 2006 he was FIA’s Production Car World Rally Champion. Francois Duval has not yet made a decision on whether he will seek another driver for Walles Rally GB