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Latvala: A proper winter rally is great fun.

BP Ford Abu Dhabi's Jari-Matti Latvala will be out to make amends on Rally Norway this weekend following his early disappointment in Ireland.

Latvala stormed into the lead on the first stage of Rally Ireland, only to undo all his good work with a critical error in the next test, when he aquaplaned off the road and retired.

Although he could rejoin on day two by then it was all pretty academic and while he did recover to finish 14th and notch up two manufacturers' points, he was still less than happy.

Now the Finn will want to open his account and having won the only true winter event last season in Sweden, to become the youngster winner of a WRC round, he is very much looking forward to the challenge.

"A proper winter rally is great fun," he said. "The nature of the surface means a driver can be a lot more aggressive.

“The car spends more time sideways on snow because it helps to turn into bends. Taking straight lines and relying on traction, as I do on gravel, doesn't work in snow because there isn't as much.

“So I must trust the tyres, which offer good grip, and use the snow banks to carry more speed and guide me round."


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Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN), Ford Focus RS WRC08, BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team

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