Gigi Galli

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Gigi Galli
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Personal information
Nationality Flag of Italy.svg Italian
Born (1973-01-13) January 13, 1973 (age 45)
World Rally Championship record
Active years 1998–2008
Teams Stobart Ford, Mitsubishi, Bozian Racing
Rallies 66
Championships 0
Rally wins 0
Podiums 2
Stage wins 23
Total points 56
First rally 1998 San Remo Rally
Last rally 2008 Rally Deutschland

Gianluigi Galli (born January 13, 1973), better known as Gigi Galli, is an Italian rally driver, best known for his spectacular driving style. He comes from, and lives in Livigno, Italy.

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Livigno Comune in Lombardy, Italy

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Career

Galli at the 2006 Rally Argentina. Gigi Galli - 2006 Rally Argentina 2.jpg
Galli at the 2006 Rally Argentina.

Galli debuted in the World Rally Championship at the 1998 San Remo Rally with a Group N Mitsubishi Carisma GT. His first world rally with a WRC car was the 2004 Monte Carlo Rally. In 2005, Galli drove for Mitsubishi and competed in 13 events with a Mitsubishi Lancer WRC05. He finished 11th in the drivers' world championship. In 2006, he drove a Peugeot 307 WRC in six world rallies. He achieved his first podium place by finishing third in the Rally Argentina.

World Rally Championship rallying championship series, highest level of rallying competition

The World Rally Championship (WRC) is a rallying series organised by the FIA, culminating with a champion driver, co-driver and manufacturer. The driver's world championship and manufacturer's world championship are separate championships, but based on the same point system. The series currently consists of 14 three-day events driven on surfaces ranging from gravel and tarmac to snow and ice. Each rally is split into 15–25 special stages which are run against the clock on closed roads.

In relation to motorsport governed by the FIA, Group N referred to a set of regulations providing 'standard' production vehicles for competition, often referred to as the "Showroom Class".

Mitsubishi Carisma car model

The Mitsubishi Carisma is a large family car produced for the European market by Mitsubishi from 1995 to 2004. The model name was derived from a combination of the English car and the Greek kharisma, meaning "divine gift".

In the 2007 season, he competed in three rallies with a Citroën Xsara WRC for the Italian privateer outfit Aimont Racing. His best result was sixth at the Rally Norway.

Citroën Xsara compact car

The Citroën Xsara was a small family car produced by the French automaker Citroën from 1997 to 2006. The Xsara was a development of the Citroën ZX and Peugeot 306, which shared a platform and running gear.

In 2008 Galli drove for the Stobart Ford team in all rounds of the WRC, [1] replacing Jari-Matti Latvala. His first outing with the new team, after 10 months of absence in the series was quite successful - Galli managed to score 3 points in the drivers' and manufacturers' championship by finishing sixth overall. The Italian had some problems with the power steering on day two which cost him over a minute, but he was able to keep a good position. [2] In Sweden, after three days of consistent pace, Galli equalled his best WRC result, finishing third and scoring another 6 points, which gave him fourth position in drivers' championship after two rounds. [3]

Jari-Matti Latvala Finnish rally driver

Jari-Matti Latvala is a Finnish rally driver competing in the World Rally Championship (WRC). His co-driver has been Miikka Anttila since the 2003 Rallye Deutschland. He is well known for his aggressive driving style, which earns him many plaudits, and comparisons to the late Colin McRae. With 18 event victories in the WRC, he is the most successful driver to not have won a championship. Latvala is also the driver with the most World Rally starts in the sport which he achieved in 2019, 17 years after his debut.

2008 Monte Carlo Rally rallying

The 2008 Monte Carlo Rally, officially 76ème Rallye Automobile de Monte-Carlo, was the 76th Monte Carlo Rally and the first round of the 2008 World Rally Championship season. The rally took place during January 24–27, 2008, beginning with two stages driven in darkness throughout on Thursday and ending with a short super special around the harbour area of the Grand Prix circuit in Monaco on Sunday.

The 2008 Swedish Rally, officially 57th Uddeholm Swedish Rally, was the second round of 2008 World Rally Championship season. It was the season's first and only event held on snow- and ice-covered gravel roads. The rally took place during February 7–10, beginning with Super Special Stage placed in rallybase, Karlstad. The rally was also the first round of Production Car World Rally Championship this season.

After Rally Finland, Galli was eighth in the drivers' championship, only three points behind teammate Henning Solberg. However, at the following event, the Rallye Deutschland, Galli crashed heavily fracturing his left femur. As the recovery was expected to take five months, Galli would miss the five last rallies of the season. [4]

2008 Rally Finland

The 58th Rally Finland, the ninth rally of the 2008 World Rally Championship season took place between July 31 and August 3, 2008. The event was the first rally held after a six-week mid season break. The rally was based in the city of Jyväskylä in the centre of Finland with the special stages held on fast gravel roads in the lake district area of the country. The winner was the reigning world champion Sébastien Loeb, who became only the fourth non Scandinavian driver to win the event in fifty-eight runnings. It was his sixth win of the season and reduced the gap in the championship standings between himself and Finland's Mikko Hirvonen to just one point. Hirvonen finished in second, with Chris Atkinson taking the third podium spot for the Subaru World Rally Team.

Henning Solberg World Rally Championship driver

Henning Solberg is a Norwegian rally and rallycross driver. Together with his female co-driver Ilka Minor, he currently competes in the World Rally Championship (WRC) with cars of M-Sport.

2008 Rallye Deutschland

The 2008 Rallye Deutschland was the tenth round of the 2008 World Rally Championship season. The event ran from August 15 to August 17 and was won by Sébastien Loeb for the seventh consecutive year.

Results

Complete World Rally Championship results

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 WDC Points
1998 Ralliart Italia Mitsubishi Carisma MON SWE KEN POR ESP FRA ARG GRC NZL FIN ITA
19
AUS GBR - 0
1999 Gianluigi Galli Mitsubishi Carisma GT Evo IV MON SWE
23
KEN POR
Ret
- 0
Mitsubishi Carisma GT Evo V ESP
Ret
FIN
25
CHN ITA
22
AUS GBR
Mitsubishi Carisma GT Evo VI FRA
Ret
ARG GRC NZL
2000 Vieffe Corse Srl Mitsubishi Lancer Evo V MON
12
SWE
26
KEN POR
Ret
ESP ARG GRE NZL FIN
27
CYP - 0
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI FRA
Ret
ITA
22
AUS GBR
2001 Gianluigi Galli Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI MON
Ret
SWE POR ESP ARG CYP GRE KEN - 0
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo V FIN
Ret
NZL ITA FRA AUS GBR
2002 Gianluigi Galli Fiat Punto S1600 MON SWE FRA ESP
23
CYP ARG GRE
Ret
KEN FIN GER
Ret
ITA
19
NZL AUS GBR - 0
2003 Gianluigi Galli Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII MON SWE
22
TUR NZL ARG GRE CYP GER FIN
21
AUS ITA FRA
Ret
ESP GBR - 0
2004 Mitsubishi Motors Mitsubishi Lancer WRC04 MON
Ret
MEX
Ret
TUR
10
ESP
7
15th 5
Gianluigi Galli Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII SWE
24
NZL
Ret
CYP GRE ARG
Ret
FIN
14
GER
Ret
JPN GBR FRA
Ret
AUS
Ret
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII ITA
6
2005 Mitsubishi Motors Mitsubishi Lancer WRC05 MON SWE
7
MEX NZL
8
ITA
Ret
CYP TUR
8
GRE
7
ARG
Ret
FIN
Ret
GER
5
GBR
13
JPN
Ret
FRA
9
ESP
Ret
AUS
5
11th 14
2006 Gianluigi Galli Mitsubishi Lancer WRC05 MON
Ret
SWE
4
MEX ESP 11th 15
Peugeot 307 WRC FRA
9
ARG
3
ITA
Ret
GRE GER FIN
5
JPN CYP TUR AUS NZL GBR
2007 Gianluigi Galli Citroën Xsara WRC MON SWE
13
NOR
6
MEX 15th 5
Aimont Racing Team POR
7
ARG ITA GRE FIN GER NZL ESP FRA JPN IRE GBR
2008 Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Rally Team Ford Focus RS WRC 07 MON
6
SWE
3
MEX
Ret
ARG
7
JOR
8
ITA
4
GRE
Ret
TUR
Ret
FIN
Ret
GER
Ret
NZL ESP FRA JPN GBR 9th 17

Complete FIA World Rallycross Championship results

Supercar
Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 WRX Points
2014 Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST POR GBR NOR FIN SWE BEL CAN FRA GER ITA
8
TUR ARG 34th 9
2015 Gigi Galli Kia Rio POR HOC BEL GBR GER SWE CAN NOR FRA BAR TUR ITA
22
ARG 40th 0
2016 Gigi Galli Kia Rio POR
HOC
BEL
GBR
NOR
SWE
CAN
FRA
BAR
LAT
20
GER
ARG
32nd 0

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References

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