Red Bull Rally Team's Bernardo Sousa will miss the Neste Oil Rally Finland this week due to an old shoulder injury.

Sousa, who had been due to take the event as part of his preparation for the Rally New Zealand, will not however miss out on scoring Production Car World Rally Championship points, as it was not one of his six nominated events in the first place.

"I've really done everything I could over the last few days," explained the Mitsubishi driver, who had a somewhat traumatic outing on the last round in Turkey following that accident that left a spectator injured.

"Even though it [the shoulder] has got better, we didn't want to take any risks in view of the next PWRC start in New Zealand, where I'll be eligible to score points again [unlike in Finland]."

Red Bull Rally Team boss Raimund Baumschlager meanwhile has said that the youngster may require surgery, although it seems this may be able to be done at the end of the season, rather than mid-day through.

"I feel very sorry for Bernardo because we've also chosen Finland as a training ground for New Zealand," Baumschlager added.

"I hope that at least his start in New Zealand can be ensured thanks to the excellent care at the centre for diagnostics and performance in Thalgau. Sousa will probably need surgery eventually."

Sousa has scored ten points this season in the Production Car World Rally Championship, his first season in the championship and he is currently joint sixth in the standings with Fumio Nutahara.



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