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Rally Finland - preview - Pt. 2.

Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Rally team:

[Gigi Galli, car #7 and Henning Solberg, car #8 and Matthew Wilson, car #16]

Galli and Henning nominated.

Gigi Galli will be out to try and get a 'good result' this weekend on the 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 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."

Henning Solberg meanwhile believes that a podium finish could be within his grasp come the finish. The Norwegian, who will compete in the second Stobart team entry and who will be nominated to score manufacturers' points, has the most experience of the '1000 Lakes' of all the three Ford 'B' drivers' with eight starts under his belt.

He will be eager to do well too, especially as it is a 'home' event of sorts and very close to his native Norway: "I have done this event many times before and it is one I love because of the fast speeds and massive jumps. For the last two years we have finished in the top-five so hopefully we can achieve this again and maybe even finish on the podium," he noted. "Finland is not so far from Norway so this is an important event where lots of people come from my country to watch and this will help having them there."


Munchi's Ford WRT:

[Federico Villagra, car #9 and Luis-Perez Companc, car #10]

Final event for Luis-Perez Companc.



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Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) / Jarmo Lehtinen (FIN), BP Ford Focus RS WRC 07. Rally Finland, 2nd-5th August 2007.
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