Federico Villagra, 'Coyote' off-road Dakar


the pilots of The WRC have colonized the Dakar. Carlos Sainz, Nasser Al-Attiyah, Sébastien Loeb, Mikko Hirvonen, Martin Prokop or Xevi Pons are some of the riders who have triumphed in the World Rally and now also want to do it in the Dakar. In a list so large and with such illustrious members, there is another ex-pilot of the WRC has taken a different path and will compete in the truck category. Federico Villagra is set to compete with Iveco’s team of Gerard de Rooy, together with Jorge Pérez Companc and Andrés Memi. Without prior experience, may surprise more than one.

Federico Villagra is a man off-road and its 46 years, no one can deny, for trajectory, but also by the conviction that it presents the pilot himself in each project. The argentine started his sports career at an early age in motorcycling. During his first years in the competition, achieved remarkable results in the disciplines of motocross, enduro and supercross in his country, coming on to win various national championships in various categories, and displacements. With notable steps within these disciplines, Villagra gave the first turn to his career in 1997, when he left the competitions of two wheels for going to the rallies.

‘Coyote’ Villagra is the rider with the most titles in the argentinean car racing. After adding five titles in Motocross and Supercross, Villagra took him a taste for winning and a 15-year track record in Rally Argentina and Rally in South america, Villagra has been a champion of the Codasur in the N4 category and on the absolute level and has added a total of eight titles absolute in the Argentine Championship, eight other titles in the N4 category, a title in the category of ‘Class 3’ and has been able to win the first three titles of the Argentine Championship of Rally with the technical standards Maxi Rally.


Their good results in Codasur and in the Argentine Championship led to Federico Villagra to be a regular in the Rally of Argentina WRC. However, its presence in the World of Rallies was growing. In 2005 he contested six rallies with a Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VIII, while in 2007 he formed the team Munchi’s Ford World Rally Team, private structure-dependent M-Sport. For five seasons, Federico Villagra had partial programs playing between eight and ten rallies. Usual in the area of points. His best result was paths fourth positions in the Rallies of Argentina and Greece in 2009.

The ‘Coyote’ is an off-road vehicle and after leaving the WRC in 2011, has continued to compete in the Rally Argentina with his team, but also in the Argentine Championship of Rallycross and finally, in the Dakar, where he has also been given samples of its versatility. He made his debut in the raid with a Mini All4 Racing X-Raid in 2014 reaching to roll between the top ten and finishing twelfth in the category of cars. In 2015 climbed to a Ford Ranger team South Racing and finished 27th. Neither short nor lazy, in the Dakar 2016 will compete with Iveco’s team of Gerard de Rooy.

lack of experience could be an impediment to
Federico Villagra
, but seeing his ability to camouflage with the vehicles and
the categories in which it competes, it is necessary to be very attentive to your performance. He made his debut
in the Dakar being one of the best ‘rookies’ of the category of cars and in
trucks, has started just as strong. In fact, his first experience with the
Iveco was in the Morocco Rally where he won a stage
and finished third in his
category. With Gerard de Rooy and Pep Vila on the side, you will find a mirror where