Federico Villagra has been given a boost for the Neste Oil Rally Finland as regular partner Jorge Perez Companc will return to the co-driver's seat after missing the Acropolis due to business commitments.
Villagra sat out the event in Poland last month as it was not one of his nominated rounds, but he is now looking forward to resuming his eight-rally programme with the Munchi's Ford team in Jyväskylä and he will be joined by Finnish drivers Matti Rantanen and Mattias Therman.
Villagra has competed on the '1000 Lakes' twice to date and while he didn't finish last year, he is still feeling confident.
Indeed he has enjoyed a strong season so far and the man nicknamed 'The Coyote' has managed four-top eight finishes from the five rallies he has contested (three with Companc as co-driver and two with Jose Diaz), most recently taking his M-Sport-run Focus RS WRC car to fourth in Greece.
Now after having spent some time regrouping at home in Argentina, the seven-time Argentine champion is ready to take on the high-speed challenge of the 'Finnish Grand Prix' and hopefully add to his current 14-point tally.
“Rally Finland is always a difficult event, but after a great result in Greece I hope that we will be able to maintain some momentum and score good points for the team again,” said Villagra.
“I have competed at Rally Finland twice now and, as experience counts for a lot in this event, I hope that I will be better equipped to cope with its challenges.
“If I can score points here and improve my position in the Drivers' Championship then I will be very pleased.
“We have had a good break since Greece. I have competed in a round of the Argentine Rally Championship, which I am currently leading, and I am now looking forward to getting back in the Focus WRC.”