Munchi’s Ford World Rally Team driver Federico Villagra has his heart set on an epic return to form as he tackles his last FIA World Rally Championship event of 2011.
Returning to the championship since his last time out at since Acropolis Rally in June, Villagra is aiming for a strong comeback at next weekend’s RACC Rally de España, the fifth time he has fought for a win on the Spanish roads.
Federico Villagra said:“I’m looking forward to returning to the WRC, I’ve really missed the team and Greece feels like a very long time ago now. Since Acropolis Rally I’ve been busy concentrating on home rallies in the ARC.”
Next week will be the fifth time that Villagra has contested the Spanish edition of the WRC, and the Munchi’s Ford driver is hoping that his past experience of the blisteringly quick roads will help him find a good rhythm and set-up in the Ford Fiesta RS WRC. However, it will be the first time that Villagra has driven the car with an asphalt set-up.
He said: “I’ve not properly experienced the Ford Fiesta RS WRC on asphalt – there were a couple of stages at Rally Argentina that had some asphalt mixed in with gravel but the car was in a gravel set-up. I have no idea what the car will feel like in full asphalt spec but I’m looking forward to the challenge. This is my last event of the season so I want to do my best and hopefully we will finish the season with a good result.”
Nestled in the beach resort of Salou set on the Costa Daurada, the rally kicks off on Friday with an initial loop of stages which combine both asphalt and gravel followed by a night stage, Les Garrigues. Saturday and Sunday will pose a fresh challenge as Villagra’s Ford Fiesta RS WRC will be transformed from gravel to full asphalt trim for a set of predominantly tarmac stages.
Regular co-driver Jorge Pérez Companc is unable to attend the event in Spain due to business commitments, so Villagra will be joined in the co-driver’s seat by Diego Curletto.