Ar­gen­tinian Li­gato to make WRC re­turn

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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.

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