The Munchi's Ford World Rally Team will conclude its ten-event WRC campaign in Japan next week and it will be out to score as many points as possible in a bid to keep fifth place in the manufacturers'.

Heading into the penultimate round in this year's World Rally Championship, the Argentine squad has 22 points on the board something that leaves it is just one point ahead of Suzuki's factory effort.

Furthermore with the Japanese manufacturer doing Wales Rally GB as well, Federico Villagra and Henning Solberg will need to rack-up a healthy points bundle in an attempt to secure fifth place for the year.

Pre-event though the signs are good and both Villagra and Henning did well in Japan in 2007 - the former finishing seventh, while the latter got onto the rostrum and was third.

"Last year I had a very good result here and again this season we will be pushing hard to collect some good points for me and also for the Munchi's team which is still ahead of Suzuki in the Manufacturers' Championship," said Villagra, who will drive the #9 car as he has done all year.

"I like to visit Japan, it is a different culture with different things to see and the people there are crazy about rally."

Following the tarmac event in Spain earlier this month meanwhile, Villagra headed back to Argentina for the latest round of the Argentine Rally Championship, which he still leads comfortably.

This extra time on gravel should help him as attempts to fire out of the blocks from the start of the Sapporo-based stages.

In addition, while this year's Rally Japan will be a step into the unknown for everyone now it has moved bases, 'Coyote' reckons the relatively short stage distances - there are 29 tests in total over the three-days - should work in his favour.

"Since Spain I have been rallying in Argentina on gravel again so my feeling should be good from the start," he continued. "Rally Japan is going to be an interesting rally and I prefer lots of smaller stages rather than not so many long ones so for me I think it will help having 29 stages to cover.

"It is a new rally for everyone, which will make things more even but I really don't know what to expect of these conditions because I know nothing about the region."



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