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Ford's Jari-Matt Latvala crashes out of the season opener, crew okay.

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Dafydd Larcombe - Unregistered

January 18, 2012 3:19 PM

Petter was the one to make that inspired tyre choice this morning and both Fords flew in stage 2 to finish 1st and 3rd overall

This was an amazing choice, Citroen even copied Ford this afternoon and got simular results so that tells you how impressed Citroen were with Fords choice

What I cant understand is why Ford risked not repeating the tyre choice for the afternoons run, because Jari Matti has just come a cropper 10km in to stage 4 and Rolled, obviously through a lack of grip

Poor Jari Matti will have knocked his confidence with another accident and all because some smart a*** was trying to be clever with tyre choice

Dafydd Larcombe - Unregistered

January 18, 2012 3:35 PM

I cant say I blame Jari matti, the team have the final say with regards to tyre choice and he was obviously under pressure to maintain his lead on the wrong tyres

I understand he was on 4 studded tyres and was trying to make up time on the icy sections after loosing on the dry asphalt and came a cropper

He is a bit like Vatanen was in his hay day, very fast and a brilliant driver but can also go off, I feel really bad for him, he is probably feeling very embarrassed right now bless him

Paul 46!!!

January 18, 2012 3:57 PM
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Dafydd Larcombe - The inspired choice was Solberg's as you have said. Solberg, however, was told not to run the split configuration of tyres and ran on full slicks. Making his drive very impressive! Ford had never run this configuration before, Solberg however did run it on his Citroen in Germany last year... so all in all Latvala has Solberg to thank (and I believe he has stated that it was Solbergs shout on the tyre choice)

Runnah - Unregistered

January 18, 2012 3:57 PM

Not surprised at this news. JML is not ready to be #1. Too much pressure for someone who is still growing as a driver.

Petter should be #1 considering he was WORLD CHAMPION!!!
I swear people forget that. Putting a talented but flawed driver above a former champion is just crazy.

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