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banner Wednesday, 19 December, 2001, 14:38 GMT
Makinen's man on the mend
Tommi Makinen's car rests precariously on the edge of a drop in the Corsica rally
Makinen's car came to a halt on the edge of a drop
Risto Mannisenmaki is confident that he will be fit to compete in the Corsica Rally in March next year.

It is the same event in which Tommi Makinen's co-driver was seriously hurt two months ago.

A change in the 2002 calendar has resulted in the Corsica event moving to the third round of the season on 8 March.

Mannisenmaki suffered a broken vertebrae after Makinen overturned his Mitsubishi on a narrow mountain road.

My recovery is going well but the nerves in my back will take a little longer to get back 100%
Risto Mannisenmaki
The Finn required surgery on his injured back and has since spent time recuperating at home where he has been receiving physiotherapy.

"I feel OK, but the doctors have told me to rest and take it easy so that is what I will do - my target is to be back in the car with Tommi for Corsica," Mannisenmaki confirmed.

"It's been almost two months since the accident and my recovery is going well. I'm back at home and lead a pretty normal life.

"The vertebrae that was broken is healing fine, but I also damaged some of the nerves in my back and these will take a little longer to get back to 100%."

Makinen joined Subaru following the end of the 2001 season and the team confirmed that the four times world champion will be partnered by Kaj Lindstrom prior to Mannisenmaki's return.

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See also:

24 Oct 01 |  Motorsport
McRae wants Corsica Rally scrapped
23 Oct 01 |  Motorsport
Makinen's man recovering from surgery
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Puras leads in Corsica
15 Oct 01 |  World Rally 2001
Makinen joins Subaru
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