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Crash.net’s Top 10 WRC Drivers: Fifth

Jari-Matti Latvala secures fifth place in your vote to find the top driver from the 2009 WRC season
Quick but inconsistent. A short phrase which summed up how Jari-Matti Latvala performed during the 2009 campaign.

The young Finn endured a tough start to the year as he scored just twice in the first five events of the year – which included his monster accident in Portugal where he rolled his Focus down the side of a mountain.

Things took a turn for the better in Italy where he led a Ford 1-2 ahead of team-mate Mikko Hirvonen, with another podium following in Greece next time out.

However, in Poland, Latvala threw away second place on the final super-special stage when he crashed into a barrier – raising question marks about his future in the team.

Ford boss Malcolm Wilson stood by his young driver and Latvala scored points on all the remaining events – including third in Finland – but will need to raise his game in 2010 to aid Ford's championship challenge.

Despite his rollercoaster season, you voted Latvala fifth in the driver of the year poll.

Statistics:

Team: BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Car: Ford Focus RS WRC

Championship position: 4th
Points: 41

Events: 12
Victories: 1
Podiums: 3
Points finishes: 8

Podiums tally excludes victories


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Jari-Matti Latvala (Fin) Miikka Anttila (Fin) BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT, ford Focus RS WRC 09   Rd 10 WRC Repco Rally Australia Tweed Valley NSW Australia
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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