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Latvala eyes podium finish.


BP Ford Abu Dhabi's Jari-Matti Latvala will be aiming for a top-three position on the Corona Rally Mexico next weekend.

The Finn took his maiden victory in the FIA World Rally Championship earlier this month and in the process became the youngest winner in the history of the sport. The 22-year-old was in a class of his own in Sweden and he eventually won by nearly a minute.

He isn't getting carried away however and he knows that Mexico will be a tougher nut to crack. Indeed Jari has only competed in Mexico twice to date, finishing seventh overall last year and ninth in the PWRC in 2006.

"I don't have as much experience in Mexico compared to some other rounds and I need to be a bit calmer than in Sweden," he explained.

"In the recce the Mexican roads are in a good condition but it's surprising how many big impacts the cars can take during the rally itself.

"Where the water flows down from the mountains and crosses the roads, the concrete crossings can be deep and after a fast section the car can take quite a hard impact there.

"Another win isn't a realistic aim and I would be happy with a top three position.

"I was very satisfied with our pre-event test. Pirelli's tyres felt strong. I had a couple of impacts with stones but no punctures so I have no concerns."


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