Villagra celebrates his 10th title in a cliff-hanging race finish
- 30th November 2011, 10:29am
After a decade competing on board the different Mitsubishi Lancer evolutions Villagra chose Ford to develop a Fiesta Maxi Rally spec with which he continued his supremacy through the Argentine roads.
This year "Coyote" got six victories and arrived to the 10th and penultimate round with such a comfortable margin that enabled him to seal the Championship in the first leg of the Rally Pagos del Tuyú by just finishing ahead of his team-mate and title contender Juan Marche tto (Ford).
But victory was always the main objective as Villagra wanted to celebrate his new tittle with his 51th triumph in 112 entries in the series; however, it was Paraguayan Diego Domínguez (KIA) who ended topping the overall standings after a really tight and incredible race finish.
Miguel Baldoni (VW) led the rally after the first six stages on Saturday with 2,8secs over Domínguez and 7,9secs over Marcos Ligato (Chevrolet). Villagra came in fourth position 13,1secs adrift.
After the first loop of stages on Sunday morning Ligato lost contact with the leaders while Villagra considerably reduced the gap to arrive to the service 5,4secs behind Baldoni and Domínguez.
It was expected the three to fight for the victory to the end but in the first repeated stage Baldoni rolled his car after he hit a stick when entering a chicane and had t o drop out of the race.
Domínguez took the lead but he enjoyed it for few minutes since the Baratec driver was driving with no power steering on his Kia Rio Maxi Rally. Villagra was 6,7secs faster in the next stage and came to the final eight kilometres with a 4,4sec gap over the Paraguayan.
Nobody, including Villagra, expected "Coyote" could have a problem with the hand brake that made him lose 6,1secs against a troubled Domínguez who never gave up and claimed the victory by just 1,7secs.
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