The Rally of Argentina is one of Colin McRae’s favourite WRC events, but the Scot will be feeling the pressure this weekend after failing to score points at the New Zealand Rally.

The Rally of Argentina is one of Colin McRae’s favourite WRC events, but the Scot will be feeling the pressure this weekend after failing to score points at the New Zealand Rally.

McRae retired on the first day of the “Down Under event last month, a performance that dropped the Citroën driver down to fourth in the standings. The Scot feels he needs to score well in Argentina but recognises it will be a tough event for him and the Citroen Xsara.

"Argentina is one of my personal top three rallies. The stages are very good and you can attack hard all the time without having to worry too much about your lines. Your driving style has to be quite aggressive and that suits me fine," McRae said.

However, “There is a wee bit more pressure for sure,” the Scot said. “Another non-score wouldn’t be good at this point. We’ve got to finish and finish with some good points.

“As normal we’re going to try and win this event, but it’s going to be tough,” he added. “Personally I don’t yet have enough confidence in the car, and on these roads you need to be absolutely sure of what the car can and can’t do on this type of surface.”

McRae explained that because the stages are quite rough, it is easy to damage the car on Argentina’s gravel roads.

“The roads have very complex surfaces and bumps and jumps,” he said. “So it’s a difficult rally, but even more so this year.

“We’re running most stages twice but even the first run through some of the stages will be rough to start with. It’s going to be easy to get caught out somewhere and lose time due to damage.

“We (the Citroën team) validated the final settings for Argentina in a session at the end of April. I'm pleased with the result but, as always when you don't actually test on site, you essentially define a basic set-up which you then check during shakedown and fine-tune during the rally as required," he added.