Duval in Sanremo scare

Ford's Francois Duval is in a race against time to be fit for next week's Sanremo Rally following a freak accident which left both of his legs badly bruised

Duval in Sanremo scare

Duval, a keen karter, was spectating at an event held by a local newspaper near his home of Cul des Sarts, in Belgium when one of the karts went off the circuit and hit the 21-year-old in the legs.

"It just bowled me over!" said Duval. "I couldn't walk and was taken straight to A&E where they checked my legs and put one in a cast as a precaution. Jean-Marc [Fortin, his co-driver] took me to the specialist last Wednesday and they have confirmed nothing is broken and have replaced the cast with a splint, which will help it heal a lot faster."

The young Belgian is currently lying fourth in the Junior World Rally Championship, 12 points behind standings leader Daniel Sola with just two rounds of the championship remaining (Italy and Great Britain).

In a bid to get back to full fitness the Ford Puma driver is having physio every day and but he's confident he'll be OK for Italy's asphalt roads next week.

"I'm seeing the specialist again tomorrow and am confident of being 100 percent able to compete next week," added Duval.

"It was a shock when it happened, probably more so for the driver of the kart than for me! But it was a genuine accident and these things happen - motorsport can be dangerous and that's something that every spectator knows."

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