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Latvala: Polish tests look similar to Finland

BP Ford Abu Dhabi's Jari-Matti Latvala will be out to try and avoid any further errors when the WRC heads to Poland this week - and with the event said to be reminiscent to that in his home country, he will be hopeful it will give him an edge.

Latvala has had an up and down season thus far and while he won in Sardinia, he put himself back under the spotlight for all the wrong reasons last time out in Greece, when a mistake at the end of day one dropped him from first to eleventh.

Despite that gaff though, Jari-Matti managed to fight back to third and significantly still took eight manufacturers' points.

That haul - in combination with the victory notched up by his team-mate Mikko Hirvonen's - allowed Ford to close in on Citroen in the manufacturers' and the 'Blue Oval' will want to make more headway in Mikolajki, where the eighth round of the 2009 World Rally Championship is based.

Speaking ahead of the first WRC event in Poland since 1973, Jari-Matti noted that the main thing will be to ensure he gets his pace-notes right.

"After finishing the pre-event test I have three days before the recce begins so I will take some time to look at the stages closely [using the DVD of the tests issued by organisers],” said the 24-year-old.

“From what I have seen the roads remind me of Finland but the surface appears to be softer. It appears it may cut up, but because it is sandy it is unlikely there will be rocks in the ruts.

"The recce for a new rally is always important - and Poland won't be any different. Normally it should be possible to ensure the pace notes are accurate in the two passes we're allowed. Of course, there are always a few corners that are not exactly correct but when you consider how many bends we note during a normal two-day recce, this isn't too surprising.

"When using existing notes to practise a stage I can drive a little quicker than when making brand new notes. It requires much more concentration to make new notes, but it's also easier to make notes for faster roads [like those in Poland] than it is for slower stages because a lot less information is required,” he summed-up.



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