Francois Duval will compete for the Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Rally Team in Japan and Wales, the M-Sport-run outfit has announced.

The Belgian, who will continue to be partnered by Patrick Pivato, will stand in for the injured Gigi Galli in a Stobart liveried Ford Focus RS WRC07.

News that Duval would take in the final two rounds in the World Rally Championship in a Focus was confirmed a few days ago, however, until now, it wasn't know if that would be as part of the Stobart team or not.

"Duval's addition to the side comes at a pivotal point in the championship where every point is vital as the Stobart team looks to climb up the Manufacturers' standings with just four events remaining in the 2008 calendar," read a statement to the press.

"The deal will see Duval as a nominated point scoring driver for the Stobart team on Rally Japan when he pairs up with team-mate Matthew Wilson in November.

"With Henning Solberg back in the Stobart squad for Rally GB, and the addition of Scottish driver Barry Clark to the outfit, a decision on the nomination of point scorers for that event will be made closer to the December date."

Duval meanwhile is no stranger to either event competing on Wales Rally GB no fewer than six times with a best result of second in 2005.

He has also contested the Asian event two times prior with his best finish coming in 2005 with a commendable P4 overall.


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