Federico Villagra has seen his run of points scoring finishes in the World Rally Championship come to an end after he was forced to retire from Rally d'Italia Sardinia.
The Munchi's Ford World Rally Team driver had scored on each of his three outings prior to the Mediterranean event and headed to Sardinia looking to build on his personal best of fourth place on home soil in Argentina.
However, the event didn't go to plan for Villagra after he was forced to retire from the opening day after running into clutch problems on his Focus WRC.
The Argentine national champion returned to action on day two, but with co-driver Jorge Perez Companc feeling ill, the decision was taken to retire at the mid-day service on Saturday.
"Obviously it's a disappointing way to end the rally, I always like to race to the end and get as much experience as possible but Jorge just wasn't feeling well enough to continue,” Villagra conceded at the finish. “He wasn't feeling so good yesterday afternoon as well and he has done a great job this morning to get as far as we have. It has been a difficult event and we've had a few small problems along the way. We retired yesterday with a transmission problem and after that the focus was to restart today and make a few changes to try and improve our set-up for the next rally.
"We tried a different diff map and the second stage today felt like it was a big improvement; our splits were better and we definitely made real progress, especially on slower corners. So that was a really big positive even during this event where we had to retire.
“After our great result in Argentina it would have been nice to score some more points for Munchi's but now we just need to look to the next rally and put our improvements from here into practice."