11 Mar 08
The organisers of Rally Argentina have published the confirmed entry list for their event which is the fourth round of the 2008 WRC season.
A total of 62 cars are due to start the rally, which runs from March 27-30, with entries received from all six manufacturer teams and from 24 different countries.
Manufacturer entries from the Citroen, Ford, Subaru and Suzuki teams are the same as the first three rounds of the series, but there are changes to the Stobart and Munchi’s squads. Stobart will field Ford Focus RS WRCs for Gigi Galli, Henning Solberg and Matthew Wilson, with Galli and Solberg nominated to score manufacturer points. The Munchi’s team will run Ford Focus RS WRCs for its Argentine driver line-up of Federico Villagra and Luis Perez Companc.
Conrad Rautenbach, the only other WRC entry, will drive a privately entered Citroen C4 WRC.
This year marks the 28th running of Rally Argentina, which also counts as round two of the 2008 Production World Rally Championship (P-WRC).
Twenty-three P-WRC cars will start the rally, including the Subaru Imprezas of defending P-WRC champion, Toshihiro Arai, 2006 champion Nasser Al-Attiyah, and the man who came second on the last P-WRC round, Jari Ketomaa.
Two-time Rally America National champion and former Motocross super star Travis Pastrana is also taking part in the P-WRC contest. The American will be co-driven for the first time on a WRC event by Scotland’s Derek Ringer, who used to partner Colin McRae.
The P-WRC list is completed by Argentine rally heroes Marcos Ligato and Sebastian Beltran, who are guest drivers of the Argentina’s national sporting authority, the Automovil Club Argentino.