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Latvala goes for a finish

Jari-Matti Latvala has revealed that talks with Ford team boss Malcolm Wilson have resulted in him focusing simply on bringing home a finish from Rally Argentina this weekend.

Latvala had endured a trying season to date with the factory team, and was lucky to escape injury last time out in Portugal after he went off the road and rolled his car 150 metres down a hillside; the car going over 17 times before eventually coming to rest.

The error, which came while Latvala was leading on the opening day of the event, was the latest high-profile mistake by the young Finn and led to suggestions that he could be replaced in the team's line-up – suggestions that Ford soon moved to play down.

Having ensured he quickly got back behind the wheel following the accident, Latvala revealed that he will now drive for a finish in Argentina, with anything above fourth place being a 'bonus'.

"I stayed in Portugal because on Monday and Tuesday after the rally I was back behind the wheel to give passenger rides to some guests," he said. "I completed 240km and it felt good, I had no fear after the crash. The longer the wait before getting back in a car after a big accident, the worse it is as there is more time to think about the situation. It is always better to drive again as soon as possible.

"I have spoken with Malcolm Wilson and we're both comfortable that I drive for a finish in Argentina. I would be happy with fourth and if anything else comes along then that would be a bonus. It's important for me and the team that I drive steadily, take a solid result and rebuild my confidence.

"It's a fantastic rally and the passion of the fans is even greater than in Europe. The stages are a mix of different types of road. Generally they are fast, sandy and bumpy. But the El Condor and Mino Clavero stages are narrow and rocky and it's important to be very precise there."


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