Jari-Matti Latvala will aim to bounce back from a disappointing outing on Rallye Deutschland as he heads to New Zealand for his final outing with the BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team prior to a two-event break.
The young Finn will be eager to secure a solid result for the team ahead of his return to Stobart colours for the events in Spain and Corsica, and will also be keen to bounce back into the points after a troubled run in Germany last time out saw him finish down in ninth place.
The 23-year-old admits to being a fan of the fast and flowing New Zealand stages and said he felt it was the ideal venue to try and get his campaign back on track.
"This is a rally that I enjoy and after my disappointment in Germany earlier this month it will help to go to a rally that I like and feel comfortable with,” he said. “I prefer to go here now than a tough, rocky rally like the Acropolis in Greece for example.
"The countryside is beautiful and the roads are great. The surface is a mix of sand and very smooth gravel which is hard packed so the conditions are good and the cambered roads allow more speed to be carried through the bends. There has been a lot of rain there so an early start position is a benefit. Wet roads mean there will be no loose gravel on top and I should be through the tests before the mud comes to the surface and makes it really slippery for those further down the start order."