Federico Villagra says he is looking forward to competing in front of his home fans this weekend on the latest round of the World Rally Championship in Argentina.
The Munchi's Ford driver has contested Rally Argentina ten times, and is aiming for another top-five result after achieving his best ever WRC result in 2009 there when he finished fourth overall.
Few of the drivers entered for this year's Rally Argentina will be as familiar with the stages and the testing conditions as Villagra, with the event based in his home town of Villa Carlos Paz.
Having recently celebrated his 42nd birthday, Villagra will now hope for more celebrations when he takes to the stages for his home event.
“This is the WRC event I look forward to the most – each rally has its special qualities but this event just has the best of everything,” he said. “The fans are amazing, there's nothing like having the support of your fans behind you and I always feel the urge to entertain the spectators on this rally.
“The stages are similar to previous years but there are some new challenges including the long stage [Ascochinga] on the final day and the mix of road surfaces on Saturday. I haven't tested the Ford Fiesta RS WRC on asphalt yet and we'll be running a gravel set-up so that could be tricky.
“I'm feeling more confident now after our win in the ARC [Argentine national series] last weekend and I hope that my knowledge of the stages will help me to battle for a top five position next week.”