Gigi Galli put in a mature performance on his first outing with the Stobart Ford team at the weekend and comfortably finished the Rallye Monte Carlo in sixth place overall.

The 35-year-old was using the event as a means of reacquainting himself with the WRC, as his last competitive outing in the FIA World Rally Championship was nearly 10 months ago, when he completed on the Rallye de Portugal.

In the end he had a very encouraging start with the Focus RS WRC07 and he ran in the points from the off, setting 15 top ten stage times in total from a possible 19, including five sixth fastest efforts.

His only issue came on day two, when he had a power steering problem mid-way through SS7 - Burzet 2, something that cost him over a minute. Other than that though he had a pretty trouble-free run.

Speaking at the finish Gigi was delighted to have made such a consistent start with his new team and he reckoned he is already feeling pretty confident with his new stead.

"What a great start to the season for me," he reflected at the finish. "Now that I have a full year secured I am able to take time to adjust to the car and the most important thing for me in this rally was to get to the finish and learn as much as I can.

"To finish with drivers points and score points for the Stobart team makes it even more special. The Focus is really a wonderful rally car, I love driving it, and we got to grips with it sooner than I thought. For me the most important thing is to get to the end of this event. Last year I had to prove myself in three events but now I have the whole year to learn about the car and can push harder later in the year."

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