After being forced to retire from Rally d'Italia Sardegne, Federico Villagra will look to bounce back into the points this weekend as the World Rally Championship heads to Greece.
The Munchi's Ford driver had been on a strong run of form heading to Sardinia having scored points in each of his outings so far this season, but ran into mechanical issues in Italy which forced him out of the opening day.
Although he restarted under SupeRally on day two, Villagra was then forced to retire from the event when co-driver Jorge Perez Companc was taken ill.
Companc is unavailable this weekend due to business commitments, meaning that Jose Diaz will be sitting in the co-drivers seat for an event that Villagra has yet to score on.
Indeed his best result to date is 16th last season, but with a number of new stages in place for the 2009 event, the multiple Argentine champion said he was hopeful of a strong performance.
“I like the tough conditions that the rally provides and its better for me this year with more new stages as this means everyone is closer to being on the same level with new pacenotes,” he said. “We have always went well in Greece before and it's a challenging event that I really enjoy. After our problems in Sardinia we tried a few different settings and did make some improvements so we should have a good set-up for the rally.
“The heat will make things even harder but for me this is all part of the conditions that this historic rally throws at competitors. It's good that there has only been a short break since Sardinia as it will make it easier for us to be on the pace right from the start of the rally.”