• National champ joins WRC elite in Argentina

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    Argentinian rallying champion Marcos Ligato (extreme right) will battle it out with the world’s best during the next round of the World Rally Championships in his home country later this month. WRC.COM

    Argentinian rallying champion Marcos Ligato (extreme right) will battle it out with the world’s best during the next round of the World Rally Championships in his home country later this month. WRC.COM

    The reigning rally champion of Argentina will take on the elite of the World Rally Championship (WRC) during the next round of the series on April 22-25.

    Marcos Ligato, 38, and his co-driver Ruben Garcia will drive a DS3 World Rally Car run by the Citroën-supported PH Sport team. Last year, British driver Kris Meeke won the rally outright in a similar car.

    A veteran of his home round of the WRC since 1998 or the start of his career, Ligato has raced in multiple seasons in the World Championship for Production Cars (PWRC) as well as regular appearances in Argentina’s domestic championship.

    Highlights have included second place in the 2012 PWRC, as runner-up to Benito Guerra, and national titles in 2004 with a Subaru Impreza STi and in 2014-15 with a Chevrolet Agile MR.

    ”It will be a very important both for me and Ruben as we are in a good time professionally, plus the car is the ultimate winner in this race and has always adapted well to the Cordoba roads. We are very excited,” said Ligato.

    The draft entry list for Rally Argentina features 13 World Rally Car crews, including the registered teams from Volkswagen, Hyundai, M-Sport and DMACK. Other notable entries include Lorenzo Bertelli (Ford Fiesta RS) Valeriy Gorban (Mini Countryman WRC) and Argentine driver José Alberto Nicolas who will pilot a DS3 WRC.

    The list also features eight drivers in the WRC 2 support championship including the leader Elfyn Evans. Michel Fabre is the sole entry in WRC 3.

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