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Latvala targets second win

Fresh from his first win of the WRC season in Sardinia, Jari-Matti Latvala says he is now hoping to fight for a second victory of the campaign on this weekend's Acropolis Rally.

The BP Ford Abu Dhabi driver produced a fine performance in Italy to lead the event from the front in his Focus WRC, taking the lead on the opening stage and maintaining his advantage through the second and third days despite being forced to run first on the road.

The win came at the perfect time for Latvala after a challenging start to the season, and while he is now keen to try and add to his win tally, the Finn conceded that it will still vital to ensure he helps Ford to as many manufacturer points as possible this weekend.

"This is the toughest and roughest round of the WRC," he said. "After winning in Sardinia, I want to fight for another win in Greece. But the most important thing is to start steadily, rather than at full attack, and monitor the pace of the others. That's the clever way to do it. It will also be interesting to see what advantage might be gained from road position. I have a good start position on Friday but I won't know until the recce just how much gravel there is on Saturday's new stages.

"There are many new roads and it will be important to stay concentrated during the recce when we make our pace notes. Greece isn't a fast rally compared with Finland, for example, and it's easier to make notes when the roads are faster than when they are slower. On slower roads there is a temptation to put in too much information, whereas on faster roads there is less detail.

"It's important to learn how to handle the heat before the rally. I will go for a run or for a cycle ride to get used to it. Staying inside, away from the sunshine in the air conditioning, is the wrong way to do it."


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Jari-Matti Latvala (fin) Ford Focus RS Wrc BP Ford Abudhabi WRT winner of the rally
Lorenzo Bertelli (ITA) Simone Scattolin (ITA) Ford RS WRC
Mads Ostberg (NOR) Ola Floene (NOR) Ford Fiesta RS WRC
Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Volkswagen Polo R WRC
Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Miikka Antilla (FIN) Volkswagen Polo R WRC
Lorenzo Bertelli (ITA) Simone Scattolin (ITA) Ford RS WRC
Mads Ostberg (NOR) Ola Floene (NOR) Ford Fiesta RS WRC
Mads Ostberg (NOR) Ola Floene (NOR) Ford Fiesta RS WRC
Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Miikka Antilla (FIN) Volkswagen Polo R WRC
Lorenzo Bertelli (ITA) Simone Scattolin (ITA) Ford RS WRC
Lorenzo Bertelli (ITA) Simone Scattolin (ITA) Ford RS WRC
Eric Camilli (FRA) Benjamin Veillas (FRA) Ford Fiesta RS WRC
Lorenzo Bertelli (ITA) Simone Scattolin (ITA) Ford RS WRC
Mads Ostberg (NOR) Ola Floene (NOR) Ford Fiesta RS WRC
Eric Camilli (FRA) Benjamin Veillas (FRA) Ford Fiesta RS WRC
Lorenzo Bertelli (ITA) Simone Scattolin (ITA) Ford RS WRC
Lorenzo Bertelli (ITA) Simone Scattolin (ITA) Ford RS WRC
Mads Ostberg (NOR) Ola Floene (NOR) Ford Fiesta RS WRC

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TAz - Unregistered

June 09, 2009 2:08 PM

Good luck Jari. Your winning drive after almost been killed two rally's before took balls. Try and keep in on 4 wheels. The best entertainer in WRC by miles.

roadrage - Unregistered

June 09, 2009 6:16 PM

I wish Latvala (and everyone else) good luck in trying to beat Loeb. WRC has become as boring as F1 in the Schumacher era. Perhaps the switch to S2000 cars will level the playing field. As it is, no one can match the Citroen/Loeb combo. Sure wish Marcus was still around.



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