Mixed fortunes for Stobart duo in Japan

Mixed fortunes for Stobart duo in Japan

31.10.2008: Mixed fortunes for Stobart duo in Japan

FIA World Rally Championship Rally Japan, 31 Oct 2008 Day 1

After day 1 of Rally Japan, round 14 of the FIA World Rally Championship, Matthew Wilson/Scott Martin lie in sixth place. Unfortunately François Duval/Patrick Pivato retired from the event after an accident on stage 6 this afternoon which saw the French co-driver airlifted to Higashi Tokushukai hospital in Sapporo with a fractured pelvis and fractured tibia. To increase the chances of a speedy recovery he will be operated on tonight.

Organisers and event medical staff did a fantastic job to arrive speedily on the scene and work efficiently to help the Frenchman out of his car after he became trapped in it for several minutes after the accident. Duval was uninjured in the accident and accompanied his navigator to the hospital.

The accident occurred 4.8 kilometres into stage six on a fast muddy section of road when Duval slid wide into a crash barrier heavily impacting a steel support pole on the co-driver’s side door. First on the scene were team-mates Wilson and Martin who aided Duval in alerting safety officials.

Officials cancelled the stage (giving notional times to those who did not complete it) to allow medical crews easier access to the Stobart crew’s car. Unfortunately for competitors running down the order the rally action became very slim when organisers were forced to cancel stage 8 to make up the time. Due to demanding weather conditions which has seen several centimetres of snow fall over the last few days, stage 7 (and 3) was also cancelled, yesterday, in the concern of safety.

Wilson’s drive today was a very measured one as he began proceedings by setting the fifth fastest time on the opening stage of the rally. The 21-year-old continued this form to the final stage of the day to finish sixth and will head into tomorrow’s leg less than 11 seconds behind fourth place; the position he finished on last year’s Rally Japan. The young Brit however has Swede P-G Andersson nipping at his heals just 0.4 seconds behind so will need to be on the ball in the morning when stage 11 gets underway at 08:28.

It was a fairly slim day of rallying with just 57.4 kilometres of competitive action played out after the cancellation of the four stages. The final two stages took crews back to Sapporo city centre for two passes of the spectator friendly Sapporo Dome Super Special with its undercover seating a blessing as the rain begin to fall heavily late this afternoon.

Last night saw over 9,000 fans into the Sapporo Dome for the official ceremonial start of the event which was one of the most spectacular this season. After a slim day today with a total of four stages being cancelled, tomorrow is set to kick things back into gear with 10 stages due to run – including the longest of the event Kamuycep at 33.66 kilometres.

Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Team Driver Matthew Wilson said:

"Well it has been quite an eventful day and I hope Patrick is doing OK in hospital tonight as he undergoes surgery. It is good to finish the day sixth and in a position to fight for a top-four spot but OK we have seen what has happened today and there is a long way to go in this event. The first two stages went really well this morning and it’s great to have found the speed right from the word go.

The stages were getting quite rutted even running just ninth on the road and the one proper stage we did this afternoon was quite tricky. On stage two we struggled a little bit with the small Tarmac sections on the stage because it was difficult to judge the braking points entering these sections. The pacenotes also didn’t quite gel this morning but we made quite a few changes during the stages and this seemed to help on stage 5 this afternoon."

Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Team Principal Malcolm Wilson said:

"Tonight Patrick will be operated on to fix a fractured pelvis and tibia he sustained in a high speed accident with François today. The accident happened about five kilometres into stage 6 when François got slightly caught out on a slippery, high-speed section and the car slid wide into the Armco. There was a large steel post holding some wire which the car had a heavy impact with on Patrick’s side.

The event safety crews did a fantastic job in getting to the scene quickly and safely extracting Patrick from the car before airlifting him to hospital. Matthew has done a superb job of driving today and is now in a strong position to battle for a top-four spot tomorrow.

Both he and Scott also need to be commended on their handling of the situation with François’ accident; arriving first on the scene they accessed the situation and took the right actions to help their team-mates safely out of the stage."

Day 1 Leaderboard

1. M Hirvonen/J Lehtinen FIN Ford Focus RS 42m40.8sec

2. J-M Latvala/M Anttila FIN Ford Focus RS +26.2s

3. S Loeb/D Elena F Citroën C4 +30.6s

4. C Atkinson/S Prevot AUS Subaru Impreza +1m00.3s

5. P Solberg/P Mills N Subaru Impreza +1m02.0s

6. M Wilson/S Martin GB Ford Focus RS +1m11.2s

7. P-G Andersson/J Andersson SWE Suzuki SX4 +1m11.6s

8. T Gardemeister/T Tuominen FIN Suzuki SX4 +1m36.8s

9. H Solberg/C Menkerud N Ford Focus RS +1m46.6s

10. J Ketomaa/M Stenberg FIN Subaru GpN +3m01.4s



Gus Burrows -  photos Willy Weyens

Permanent-URL: http://www.automobilsport.com/japan-rally-stobart-vk-m-sport-duval-accident-patrick-pivato-hospital-surgery-wilson-martin---46880.html

31.10.2008 / MaP

Weitere Beiträge

WRC Rallyes SS10 - Sapporo 2 overall results
JAPAN RALLY SS10 - Sapporo 2 Length - 1.49kms 1 3 HIRVONEN FORD 42:40.8 +00.0 2 4 LATVALA FORD 43:07.0 +26.2 3 1 LOEB Citroen 43:11.4 +30.6 4 5 SOLBERG SUBARU 43:42.8 +01:02.0 5 8 WILSON FORD 43:52.0 +01 weiter >>
WRC Rallyes SS9- Sapporo 1 overall results SS7 and SS8 cancelled
JAPAN RALLY SS9- Sapporo 1 Length - 1.49kms 1 3 HIRVONEN FORD 40:59.2 +00.0 2 4 LATVALA FORD 41:23.3 +24.1 3 1 LOEB Citroen 41:26.6 +27.4 4 5 SOLBERG SUBARU 41:57.0 +57.8 5 8 WILSON FORD 42:06.2 +01:07.0 6 12 ANDERSSON SUZUKI 42:06.5 +01:07.3 7 11 GARDEMEISTER SUZUKI 42:33.1 +01:33.9 8 10 SOLBERG FORD 4 weiter >>
Rally Japan SS8 cancelled
The organisers of Rally Japan have cancelled this afternoon’s repeat of the 5.74km Pipaoi test. The Clerk of the Course, Makita Ryuji, said the decision had been taken as a result of delays caused by the cancellation of SS6. Competitors have been told to return to the Sapporo Dome where they will re-group ready for tonight’s Super Special stage (SS9 and SS10). weiter >>
SWRT Day one midday report from service A
One stage cancelled as leaderboard remains static After the first morning of competition in Japan, Petter Solberg and Phil Mills are in seventh position overall, followed by teammates Chris Atkinson and Stéph weiter >>
SS6 stopped after crash for Duval
An accident involving the Ford Focus of Stobart VK M-Sport team drivers Francois Duval and Patrick Pivato stopped the second stage of the afternoon - the 11.10km Yuparo. Duval was the eighth driver to tackle the stage and cras weiter >>
WRC Rallyes - SS5 - Heper 2 overall results
JAPAN RALLY SS5 - Heper 2 Length - 13.24kms 1 3 HIRVONEN FORD 31:17.3 +00.0 2 7 DUVAL FORD 31:29.2 +11.9 3 4 LATVALA FORD 31:32.8 +15.5 4 1 LOEB Citroen 31:37.7 +20.4 5 2 SORDO Citroen 31:50.8 +33.5 6 5 SOLBERG SUBARU 31:59.3 +42.0 7 8 WILSON FORD 32:00.2 +42.9 8 6 ATKINSON SUBARU 32:02.2 +44.9 weiter >>
WRC Rallyes - SS4 Pipao 1 overall results - SS3 cancelled
JAPAN  RALLY SS4 Pipao 1 Length - 5.74kms stage 3 cancelled 1 3 HIRVONEN FORD 21:41.7 +00.0 2 4 LATVALA FORD 21:48.6 +06.9 3 7 DUVAL FORD 21:52.3 +10.6 4 1 LOEB Citroen 21:54.8 +13.1 5 2 SORDO Citroen 21:59.2 +17.5 6 8 WILSON FORD 22:06.2 +24.5 7 5 SOLBERG SUBARU 22:07.0 +25.3 8 12 ANDERSSON S weiter >>
WRC Rallyes - SS2 - Yuparo 1 overall results
JAPAN RALLY SS2 1 3 HIRVONEN FORD 18:22.1 +00.0 2 4 LATVALA FORD 18:30.0 +07.9 3 7 DUVAL FORD 18:32.4 +10.3 4 1 LOEB Citroen 18:37.5 +15.4 5 2 SORDO Citroen 18:37.9 +15.8 6 8 WILSON FORD 18:43.1 +21.0 7 5 SOLBERG SUBARU 18:46.0 +23.9 8 12 ANDERSSON SUZUKI 18:46.7 +24.6 9 6 ATKINSON SUBARU 18:52 weiter >>
WRC Rallyes - SS1 - Heper 1 overall results
JAPAN RALLY SS1 - Heper 1 Length - 13.24kms   1 3 HIRVONEN FORD 09:57.9 +00.0 2 4 LATVALA FORD 10:01.7 +03.8 3 7 DUVAL FORD 10:04.9 +07.0 4 2 SORDO Citroen 10:09.0 +11.1 5 8 WILSON FORD 10:10.9 +13.0 6 1 LOEB Citroen 10:11.2 +13.3 7 5 SOLBERG SUBARU 10:11.2 +13.3 8 12 ANDERSSON SUZUKI 10:14 weiter >>
WRC Rallyes: Snow causes cancellation of SS3/7
The Clerk of the Course of Rally Japan has confirmed that one of today's (Friday) stages has been cancelled as a result of the snow which has fallen in recent days. A statement read: ‘Due to abnormal weather and resulting deterioration of the road, SS3/7 is cancelled for safety reasons.’ The 13.67km Isepo section was to be run twice on Friday and was the longest weiter >>
Stage summaries with Subaru's Stéphane Prévot
An all-new Rally Japan means the challenge of all-new stages SS1 / 5 Heper (13.24km) The opening stage is not the easiest one to start with through the forest. Leg one is much slower and completely different in character to the rest of the rally. It’s me weiter >>
· 5e Rally Japan (14/15) (30 octobre - 2 novembre). · Surface : terre. · Où : Sapporo. · Infos pratiques : Le parc d'assistance, la salle de presse et le "PC" du ra weiter >>
Des opportunités à saisir pour Citroën, Loeb et Elena au pays du soleil levant
5e Rally Japan (30 octobre – 2 novembre 2008) Le 5e 'Rally Japan' constitue le 14e et avant-dernier rendez-vous du Championnat WRC 2008. L'équipe Citroën Total aligne deux C4 pour Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena et D weiter >>
Dani Sordo fastest at Rally Japan Shakedown
Citroen Total team driver Dani Sordo posted the fastest time at today’s pre-event Shakedown test in Sapporo. The Spaniard, who finished second on Rally Japan in 2007, completed two laps of the 1.46km stage weiter >>
Shakedown times
1. Sordo: 2:34.2 2. Duval: 2:34.5 3. Hirvonen: 2:34.6 4. H. Solberg: 2:35.0 5. Loeb: 2:35.1 6. P. Solberg: 2:35.1 7. Atkinson: 2:35.3 8. Latvala: 2:35.6 9. Villagra: 2:36.1 10. Gardemeister: 2:37.4 11. Wilson: 2:37.6 12. Andersson: 2:38.8 13. Rautenbach: 2:43.0   M weiter >>
SWRT Sapporo preview
The Subaru World Rally Team will head to the northerly Japanese island of Hokkaido for the last long-haul rally and the penultimate round of the 2008 World Rally Championship season. It is the first time that the new Impreza WRC2008 will be seen in its homeland. Whilst still in Hokkaido, this year sees the rally base move from Obihiro to Sapporo, meaning new gravel stage weiter >>
Team BP Ford Abu Dhabi freut sich auf die Herausforderung der neuen Rallye Japan
• Umzug: Zentrum der Rallye Japan erstmals in Sapporo • Untergrund: Tückisches Laub macht Schotterpisten noch rutschiger Altbekanntes im neuen Gewand: Auch wenn weiter >>
Stobart navigate to Nippon for a new challenge in the Far East
FIA World Rally Championship Rally Japan, 31 Oct – 2 Nov 2008 An all-new location will play host to this year’s penultimate round of the FIA World Rally Championship as crews head to Sapporo for next week’s Rall weiter >>
Munchi’s magic heads to Japan in search of final event glory
FIA World Rally Championship Rally Japan, 31 Oct – 2 Nov 2008 The final round of the Munchi’s  FordWorld Rally Team’s 10-event, 2008 FIA World Rally Championship campaign gets underway next week as the Argentine outfit heads t weiter >>
Stobart secure Francois Duval for Japan and GB outings
François Duval has been confirmed as Gigi Galli’s replacement in the Stobart VK M-Sport Ford rally team for the remaining two gravel events in this year’s FIA World Rally Championship. The Belgian will continue to be partnered by Patrick Pivato as the pair tackle Rally Japan and Wales Rally GB in a Stobart liveried Ford Focus RS WRC07. weiter >>
New sponsor for Rally Japan
The organisers of Rally Japan have announced a new title sponsorship deal with the multinational Pioneer Corporation and its car electronics arm, Carrozzeria. Rally Japan, round 14 of this year’s WRC, will run between 30 October and 2 November under the new name Pioneer Carrozzeria Rally Japan. The new deal was announced at a press conference attended by Ichiro K weiter >>
STI Rally Team pleased with Japan debut
The STI rally team, together with the staff from Yajima Industries group (motorsport division known as SYMS Japan, which stands for Subaru Yajima Motor Sports), had an encouraging and successful debut for the 2008-specification Group N Subaru Impreza STI, which made its first appearance as a course car on the Worl weiter >>
BFGoodrich Pilot Mikko Hirvonen nutzt in Japan seine Siegchance
Report: Rallye Japan 2007 Loeb verschießt den Elfmeter ohne Torwart BFGoodrich Partner mit Reifenangebot sehr zufrieden Statistisches Ein Wechselbad der Gefühle für die Protagonisten der Rallye-Weltmeisterschaft: Beim drittletzten WM- weiter >>
BP Ford-Pilot Mikko Hirvonen gewinnt Japan Rallye - Ford baut Marken-WM-Führung aus
• WM-Spitzenreiter Grönholm führt trotz Ausfalls die WM weiter an der Spitze • BP Ford steht unmittelbar vor Verteidigung des Hersteller-Titels Jubel in Japan um Mikko Hirvonen und Jarmo Lehtinen: Das finnische Duo in Diensten des BP Ford-Werksteams gewann im Land der aufgehenden S weiter >>
Podium "nippon" pour Citroën et Sordo
4e Rally Japan (26-28 octobre 2007) photo Citroen Media A l'issue de la troisième et dernière étape du rallye du Japon, quatorzième manche du Championnat du Monde 2007, Dani Sordo/Marc Martí placent leur Citroën C4 WRC sur la deuxième marche du podium. Repartis aujourd'hui grâce à weiter >>
Magnificent Munchi’s break all the records in Japan
FIA World Rally Championship Rally Japan, 28 October 2007 Final Report A remarkable performance by the Munchi’s Ford World Rally Team has seen both drivers score their first ever drivers’ points with the team and capture a bag of manufacturer points at this weekend’s Rally Japan. weiter >>
Solberg and Wilson secure best ever WRC results for Stobart
FIA World Rally Championship Rally Japan, 28 October 2007 Final Report Both Henning Solberg/Cato Menkerud and Matthew Wilson/Michael Orr have scored their best ever results in the FIA World Rally Championship, helping their Stobart VK M-Sport Ford rally team strike back to within weiter >>
Subaru Word Rally Team Rally Japan - leg three Japan review
28 October 2007 Starters 78 of the original 85 crews restarted this morning. Route The shortest of the rally, leg three totalled 97.33 competitive kilometres over seven stages. The liaison distance was such that there were again four remote refuels as the crews covered two loops of three stages to the north west of Obihiro. The rally finale weiter >>
WRC Rallyes SS27 -Obihiro 5 stage & overall results
WRC Rallyes SS27 -Obihiro 5 stage results top20 1 12 VILLAGRA FORD 01:23.6 +00.0 2 7 SOLBERG SUBARU 01:23.8 +00.2 3 10 SOLBERG FORD 01:24.1 +00.5 4 2 SORDO CITROEN 01:24.2 +00.6 5 17 PONS SUBARU 01:24.7 +01.1 6 5 STOHL Citroen 01:24.8 +01.2 7 16 WILSON FORD 01:25.3 +01.7 8 11 PEREZ COMPANC FORD 01:25.7 weiter >>


STROOSSEN ENGLEN ASBL www.stroossenenglen.lu

© 2001-2017 automobilsport.com full copyright automobilsport.com