Following on from their breakthrough performance on the Rally Japan, Munchi's Ford World Rally Team have got a taste for points heading to the final round of the FIA World Rally Championship in Wales.

A fifth and seventh place finish for Luis Perez Companc and Frederico Villagra in Japan proved the first time either driver had finished inside the top eight this year.

It is a result that gives both plenty of confidence heading to the Rally GB, another event that is renowned for having a particularly high attrition rate.

However, while Companc expects the muddy stages to be akin to those in Japan, he accepts he will probably find things difficult on his Welsh debut.

"This is my first time at this rally and I have heard both good and bad things about it. One thing for sure is that it will be very fast with the difficult weather conditions of rain, fog and of course mud.

"The stages should be similar to those in Japan and we had an excellent result there. This suited me very well and so hopefully we can have another performance like that on Rally GB.

"We will have a similar strategy to Japan but will probably start with more caution as it will be our first time on these roads and we just need to make sure our pacenotes are working at race speed. I have a very good feeling and high confidence after the last rally and generally I am quite happy with how the year has gone for us.

"We had a change of driver in the middle of the season and I think this made us stronger as a team and helped us all to achieve more experience of the rallies and the rally car. For sure this will help us in the future."

Villagra, meanwhile, comes to the event having just secured the Argentine Rally Championship title. He too though is anticipating a difficult rally with plenty of unknowns.

"We had a fantastic result in Rally Japan so I think my confidence on gravel is quite good at the minute. If things are feeling good in Wales then we will try to push and aim for a good result again to finish off the year.

"The stages will be similar to Japan and although this is my first time on the roads, I have heard that they are very good to drive on. The only thing I am concerned about is the weather."



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