23 Apr 08
Federico Villagra of the Munchi’s Ford World Rally Team is hoping another points haul in Jordan will keep his team ahead of Suzuki in the Manufacturers’ standings.
The Munchi’s team heads to Jordan four points ahead of Suzuki despite missing the first two rallies of the season.
Villagra has been the best scorer for the team, finishing seventh on Rally Mexico and sixth on the most recent round in Argentina - a career best for the 38 year-old Argentinean.
In between his WRC outings, Villagra his been defending his 2007 Argentinean Rally Championship title. And here too his recent form has been impressive. On the most recent event, the Rally de Bariloche, Villagra and his co-driver Jorge Perez Companc took their second consecutive win to open up a 12 point lead in the series.
“It has been a great start to the year for both Jorge and I and hopefully this can continue over in the Middle East,” said Villagra. “I don’t know too much about the conditions in Jordan but I have heard it will be dry and quite smooth which will be a big change from Argentina last month. The plan will be to again score more points for the Munchi’s team and stay ahead of Suzuki in the Manufacturers’ Championship. This will be a new rally for everybody which could help our result.“
Luis Perez Companc and his co-driver Jose Maria Volta will drive the second Munchi’s team Ford Focus RS WRC in Jordan. The event will be Perez Companc’s 30th WRC start and his penultimate event of 2008 before he takes a break from the series due to business and family commitments.
“Jordan is going to be a very challenging event with the fast and slippery stages,” said Perez Companc. “I have heard that only a few drivers have competed in the Middle East which will make for an interesting competition because none of the drivers have pacenotes to look over, so it will be a fresh start for everybody. My plan for this event is to finish inside the top-eight and score my first drivers’ point this year. Also hopefully the Munchi’s team can stay head of Suzuki in the manufacturers’ after a good start so far.”