Plans for 40-year old Marcos Ligato to make his farewell to competitive rallying at the forthcoming WRC Rally Argentina have been dashed. The Argentine Rally Champion and proprietor of Tango Rally Team had the offer of a fourth 2017 specification Fiesta WRC to be run by M-Sport, but the plan has been cancelled for health reasons. Ligato stated: “For some time I had a pain in the abdominal area, which worsened in recent days to the point of preventing me from starting the (recent Codasur) Transitapúa Rally; that is why we decided not to take part in the WRC event.
"I would not like to compete in an event of this magnitude without being 100%"
Marcos Ligato 2002

Marcos Ligato competing in the Rally of Argentina in 2002 in a Lancer Evo VII. Photo: Martin Holmes Rallying

Ligato competed in 259 events, gained 57 victories and 65 podiums that brought him five national titles, two Codasur crowns - absolute in 2000 and RC2 in 2017- and finished second in the FIA Production Cars World Championship in 2012. His WRC career started 20 years ago (1998) when he dramatically rolled his car in front of the grandstands at the initial super special, gaining a maximum penalty. When the still-inverted car was eventually retrieved, he proceeded to win Group N by the end of the event! He competed on 62 WRC events.
Marcos Ligato

Marcos Ligato meets a local at Rally Australia in Perth in 2003. Photo: Martin Holmes Rallying

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