Gigi Galli will be out to try and get a 'good result' this weekend on the Neste Oil Rally Finland after a frustrating end to the first half of the year, with retirements in Greece and Turkey.

Despite those failures to finish though, the Italian has still notched up 17 points thus far - following five points results from eight, including a third in Sweden - and he is currently the top Stobart Ford pilot in the drivers' championship, in seventh place overall, 1 point up on his team-mate, Henning Solberg.

Now he will want to defend that position and he will be keen to get in the top five, on what will be his eighth outing on the '1000 Lakes'.

"I can't wait to get back rallying after this long break," said the likeable Italian, who missed the event in 2007, but was fifth in 2006 and won the Group N class in 2004. "I have been annoyed sitting at home and not being able to go rallying!

"We have done this rally many times before and I know it well. It is a bit of a shame that the famous Ouninpohja stage has been cancelled this year because it is one of my all time favourites. It is not going to be easy either because Mikko [Hirvonen] and Jari-Matti [Latvala] will be lightning fast.

"But we will try our best and the pace has been very good for us over the last three gravel events, now we just need a bit of luck and a good result.

"Finland is also a famous rally for all the spectators and there will be lots of Italians there because it is the vacation time in Italy so hopefully most of them will be supporting me.

"This will be fast, fun and some big jumps but if we can be consistent and stay out of trouble I think we can do well here."

Galli's co-driver Giovanni Bernacchini meanwhile is also a fan of the 'Finnish Grand Prix', which holds the record for the fastest ever rally when Marcus Gronholm won the event in 2005 with an average speed of 122.86kph.

"It's one of the rallies I like most," Bernacchini added. "It has a hard and smooth gravel surface and is very fast with lots of jumps that make it really spectacular both for drivers' and the spectators. Gigi has taken part in this race quite a few times and has done well in the past."


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