Emanuele Dati's debut in the FIA World Rally Championship behind the wheel of the Jolly Club-prepared Ford Focus WRC will take place on Welsh gravel at Rally of Great Britain, the world series' ultimate round 14, Jolly Club's president Roman Vaskuj stated this morning.

The promising young Italian Emanuele Dati was to appear on Corsica's asphalt roads this upcoming weekend, but decided to concentrate on gravel following an impressive outing in the highly competitive Rally Costa Smeralda in the cockpit of Ford Focus WRC model 2000.

His promising performance was ended by a smaller accident during leg two, forcing Dati to withdraw before he could reach the finish. Dati plans to start in one more rally event some three weeks prior to his departure for Rally GB.

"It is logical that every accident costs money. Emanuele needs to drive a World Rally Car on gravel as much as possible, and understandably could not refuse the offer to drive the newer Focus. Having stayed in third place overall for most of the rally ahead of Cunico, Grossi and Alen meant a very good success, but it was the accident which ended his chances for a great result. We opted to enter a gravel event instead of Corsica to help Emanuele prepare for the British venue. At this moment it appears likely that he will start on Rally San Crispino that is part of the Italian gravel championship," Vaskuj commented on the situation.

Dati said: "I was disappointed, especially when I had been doing so well. I now focus on my Rally Great Britain appearance. That is also why I would like to enter a smaller gravel rally prior to leaving for Wales where I can test and set the car up better to my liking."