Argentinian Ligato to make WRC return
Argentinian driver Marcos Ligato will follow in the footsteps of his illustrious countrymen Jorge Recalde and Carlos Reutemann next month when he starts his home round of the World Rally Championship in a works-specification car.
Ligato will drive a PH Sportrun DS 3 WRC, a sister car to the one Kris Meeke used to win the Villa Carlos Pazbased event 12 months ago. The car is Rally Argentina’s most successful make and model with four victories in South America.
Recalde was once a regular for the Martini Lancia team and headed home team-mate Miki Biasion to win Argentina in 1988. F1 star Reutemann took a podium finish in a one-off Peugeot outing in 1986, when he was third.
This is the second time Ligato has driven a World Rally Car on his home event, he placed a Peugeot 206 WRC 13th in 2005.
“It’s a great opportunity that was presented a few weeks ago,” said Ligato. “And I will not hesitate to take it. It will be a very important race for me and Ruben [Garcia, co-driver] since we are in a good professional time – plus the car is the ultimate winner in this race and always adapted well to the Cordoba roads. We are excited.”
More recently, Luis Perez Companc and Federico Villagra both drove factoryspecification Ford Focus RS WRCS for the Munchi’s World Rally Team.