Francois Duval has confirmed that he will take part in the final round of the World Rally Championship season in Wales following his accident last time out on Rally Japan.
With the accident in Japan having left co-driver Patrick Pivato seriously injured, Duval questioned whether or not he would be in the right frame of mind to enter the Welsh event but has now declared he will lead the Stobart VK M-Sport team into the final round of the year – where he will be one of the nominated points scorers alongside Matthew Wilson.
Duval will be joined by Denis Giraudet for the weekend, with Pivato now heading back to Europe to continue the recovery from his injuries.
Giraudet was one of the first people on the scene of Duval's accident in Japan and accompanied both Duval and Pivato to hospital, returning to the Sapporo Dome for the final two stages of the event before heading back to hospital to be at Pivato's side.
His move to partner Duval for Wales Rally GB has come about after PWRC runner Eyvind Brynildsen agreed to release Giraudet for the event.
"This is a great gesture by Denis and I believe that Francois couldn't have a better person sitting next to him for GB considering what they both went through in Japan," Ford team boss Malcolm Wilson said. "Denis will also bring a wealth of experience with him and his presence will give Francois more confidence than anyone else. I'm also looking forward to him building on his last performance from Rally GB in 2006 which really impressed me."