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Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team's Jari-Matti Latvala looks back on the Acropolis Rally, the seventh round in the 2011 World Rally Championship, in his latest exclusive column for Crash.net.

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Chris - Unregistered

June 22, 2011 1:01 PM

Finland will be M-Sport's last chance of a victory. Can easily see Citroen steam-rollering them everywhere else. Once again Malcolm has failed to deliver speed or reliability. To be 6-1 down in victories with the sealed sufaces still to come is yet another pitiful performance by M-Sport.

Craig - Unregistered

June 23, 2011 1:42 PM

I know this has nothing to do with the post but is anyone going to Finland next month for the rally? And do you know if parking is included in the Rally Pass?

Fordboy - Unregistered

June 23, 2011 3:42 PM

Yeah, problem not with luck but with the bad M-Sport cars.

In 2010/2011 Ford drivers at least 9 times has broken alternator belt:

Germany 2010 - Block (Ford Focus WRC)
Jordan 2010 - Ketomaa (Ford Fiesta S2000)
Mexico 2010 - Kosciuszko (Ford Fiesta S2000)
Portugal 2010 - H.Solberg (Ford Focus WRC)
Spain 2010 - Villagra (Ford Focus WRC)
GB 2010 - Dong (Ford Focus WRC)
Mexico 2011 - H.Solberg (Ford Fiesta WRC)
Sardinia 2011 - Sousa (Ford Fiesta S2000)
Acropolis 2011 - Novikov (Ford Fiesta WRC)

And only once (2011 Mexico, H.Solberg) crew made a repair. All other crew's retired.

At the same period Citroen drivers never have this problem...

The Ford Abu Dhabi cars also have many problems with broken driveshafts and gearbox failures...

Bring back Ford Boreham Motorsport!

Motodisiac - Unregistered

June 24, 2011 9:23 PM

Thank you for taking your time to write this column. It's always good to hear things straight from the source.

Jari-Matti, you are clearly one of the fastest WRC drivers on the grid. Unfortunately bad luck and unreliable car doesn't allow you to shine. Perhaps you should consider switching teams while you still can. I would hate to see this string of bad luck negatively affect your career.

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