Britain's Barry Clark will join the Munchi's Ford World Rally Team this weekend for the Rally of Turkey, what will be his second appearance with the Argentine outfit.

The 25-year-old, who got a last-minute call-up to compete for the squad in Jordan back in April, eventually finished twelfth overall, despite missing the reconnaissance. That run was perfect preparation for this weekend's event and now he is looking forward to his first 'proper' WRC event in a World Rally Car.

Clark, who was back working as a mechanic on the #10 Focus RS WRC07 on the Acropolis two weeks ago - when it was piloted by Greek star Aris Vovos, will be joined by new co-driver Paul Nagle.

"To say I'm excited about the challenge ahead is an understatement! It was a fantastic help to have competed in Jordan but this is still my first event at competitive speed in a WRC car and my first with a new co-driver," he noted.

"You just can't go out and drive one of these cars flat out from the start. But I know what I have to do. It is extremely important for me to finish here to get the competitive experience for my other two events this year. So the plan is to keep a steady head and hopefully do a good job for Ford and the Munchi's team.

"I've prepared well for this rally from physical fitness to reviewing the stages from previous years and talking to the team engineers about set-up for the rough gravel conditions."

Federico Villagra meanwhile will drive the sister car and he will have regular co-driver Jorge P?rez Companc, who missed the last round for 'personal reasons', calling the pace-notes again. Furthermore, despite failing to score in Sardinia and Greece, 'Coyote' has been pleased with his form on those rounds.

"Apart from our broken suspension on day 2 in Greece, the last few events have went really well for us and it has been a great learning experience to have them all together with not much space in between," he continued.

"It makes it easier for me to learn and transfer the feeling with the car from one rally to the next. With this in mind I would say we are quite confident going to Turkey.

"We did the event in 2005 but this time the circumstances are much different and we won't be able to push too hard from the start. We need to build the speed up over the rally, not make any mistakes and hopefully collect more points for me and the team. It would be great to stay inside the drivers' championship top-10 after the first half of the year."

 

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