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Latvala tops Rally NZ shakedown

Jari-Matti Latvala sets the fastest time in shakedown for the Rally New Zealand, ahead of Citroen pair Dani Sordo and Sebastien Loeb
Jari-Matti Latvala gave himself a confidence boost ahead of the 2010 Rally New Zealand after topping shakedown for the fifth round of the World Rally Championship.

The Abu Dhabi Ford driver was marginally quicker than Dani Sordo around the 1.5km course in Auckland Domain, a park situated within the city centre.

While the asphalt layout of the course is at odds with the majority of the gravel rally's surface, Latvala, who posted his fastest time on the sixth run through the course, was pleased with his positive start.

"I was determined to set the fastest time because in the past on this surface I've lost out to the pace of the Citroens. We struggled on the asphalt Super Special in Australia last year but now I think we've found a set-up which gives us an edge."

Behind Sordo in second position was the Spaniard's championship leading Citroen team-mate Sebastien Loeb, while Mikko Hirvonen and Petter Solberg completed the top five positions.

2010 Rally New Zealand Shakedown times

1. Jari-Matti Latvala BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 1min 07.3secs M
2. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC 1min 07.4secs M
3. Dani Sordo Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC 1min 07.5secs M
4. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 1min 07.6secs M
= Petter Solberg PSWRT Citroen C4 WRC 1min 07.6secs A8
6. Henning Solberg Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 1min 07.8secs M
=. Sebastien Ogier Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC 1min 07.8secs M
8. Matthew Wilson Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 1min 08.5secs M
=. Federico Villagra Munchi's Ford Focus WRC 1min 08.5secs M
10. Jari Ketomaa FCACA Shanghai Ford Fiesta SWRC 1min 11.0secs S


Tagged as: Ford , Sordo , Latvala , Citroën , New Zealand

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Chris - Unregistered

May 06, 2010 4:33 PM

Matt joint last of the WRC runners with Federico Villagra. We can't be critical - so - that's another brillant performance and sets up a truly outstanding drive of unlimited skill, breath-taking bravery, in a car he thoroughly deserves to occupy as one of the world's best drivers not just in WRC but any division. Go Matt you're the best.



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