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Latvala: I know what my job is for Finland

BP Ford Abu Dhabi's Jari-Matti Latvala will be out to make amends on the Neste Oil Rally Finland next weekend and the youngster will definitely be aiming for a trouble-free run.

Latvala has had a difficult season and while he has again shown impressive speed and took a good win in Sardinia, he has made a number of costly mistakes - including most recently of course his heartbreaking off Poland, when he crashed in the final test, the short 2.50 kilometre Mikolajki super special, and threw away second place.

While that has dented his confidence, the 24-year-old now has the home advantage and he will make his seventh start in Finland next week.

Furthermore while he acknowledges he will feel under more pressure on the Jyväskylä-based event than anywhere else, the BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team has rallied around him since his latest gaff and he is now keen to repay that faith and aid Mikko Hirvonen and the M-Sport-run outfit in its bid for the 2009 drivers' and manufacturers' titles.

"Driving in Finland brings more excitement than elsewhere. Huge numbers of fans line the stages hoping to see their own drivers do well. That brings more pressure, but it's a special feeling to experience that encouragement," said Latvala.

"I also have a little more pressure after my mistake in Poland, but I have the support of the whole team and that makes me relaxed.

"I have a job to do here and that is to score solid points to help Mikko in his challenge for the title."

Asked about the event in more detail and its reputation as one, if not the fastest in the World Rally Championship, Latvala added that while it is very quick, it shouldn't be quite such a shock this year coming off the back of Rally Poland, which also included some very high-speed stages.

Furthermore with 30 per cent of the route having been changed, there will be some new tests for the competitors to tackle too.

"Poland was a fast rally, so it should be okay to find the speed in Finland to do that. There are several new stages this year, which I'm looking forward to.

"It's sad we're not driving the famous Ouninpohja stage but Myhinpää is on the schedule for the first time in many years and that's also a legendary test," he summed-up.



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