BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team man Jari-Matti Latvala has more than doubled his overnight advantage on Rally Finland this morning.

Latvala, who ended the opening leg with a 9.1 second cushion, began by setting the second quickest time through SS12, the 10.35 kilometre Kolonkulma test. He then went third quickest through SS13, before taking his fourth stage win of the event in Surkee 1. As a result he returned to the service in Paviljonki with a 22.5 second lead.

"The opening stage was good but I lost time on the second test," said Latvala. "I think that was due to my road position. The roads were drying and I was sweeping the loose gravel, so I was too careful and braked too early for the corners. That made me a bit angry and when I saw the roads were damp on the final stage, I decided to attack hard and it went really well. I'm concerned about the next two stages because conditions are drying all the time and I have to start first on the slippery gravel.

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"I took risks on the first and last stages of the group, but you have to be clever and not take them all the time. I feel more comfortable on the smaller roads than on the faster, wider sections. You need to be confident to drive fast on the narrow parts between the rocks and I have that confidence. I feel relaxed and I'm enjoying it," he added.

Sebastien Ogier meanwhile now heads the chasing pack and he started strongly by setting the pace in the Kolonkulma 1. The Frenchman then went second in SS13 and SS14 to move in front of Petter Solberg.

"We did a good stage [this morning]. But it will be a very long day," Ogier noted. "We don't have the experience of this event and the team have asked me not to take any risks."

Solberg, who is now 6.1 seconds off second - and 28.6 seconds off the lead, was mystified by his lack of pace: "Honestly, I tried hard," said 'Hollywood', who was fourth fastest in SS12 and SS14 and fifth in SS13. "I don't have a clue why there is still a lot of difference between me and Latvala."

Next up is Sebastien Loeb and he is still very much in contention for a place on the rostrum, just 4.5 seconds off P3. The Frenchman was quickest in Vaarinmaja, but could 'only' post third fastest times in the other two tests.

"It was okay," said Loeb. "The conditions are good and running fourth is not a problem. I'm pushing but Ogier and Latvala are going very fast. It's a good race but my times could have been better."

Dani Sordo completes the top five, but the Spaniard was unable to stay with his Citroen team-mates, Loeb and Sordo and from being just 11.7 seconds off P4 last night, he now finds himself 33.7 seconds adrift.

Further down the order, Britain's Matthew Wilson is a lonely sixth, over 2.5 minutes off Sordo and almost a minute up on four-time WRC champion, Juha Kankkunen. The 51-year-old, who hasn't competed in the WRC since 2002, was 'Mr Consistent' this morning and was eighth best in all three stages.

"I'm getting the feeling back," said Kankkunen after SS13. "We have not made changes to the car. My job is just to drive and I let the engineers and mechanics do their job like they do."

Of the rest, Mads Ostberg now lies eighth in his Adapta-run Subaru Impreza WRC, having fought his way back up the leaderboard after losing over 2 minutes on Friday in SS5, when he spun and then suffered a puncture.

Whilst Ostberg was climbing up the order though, F1 2007 world champion, Kimi Raikkonen was going the other way. He went off the road a few kilometres into SS12 and his car suffered heavy damaged. He also had two punctures after the off and in total lost over 9 minutes, dropping him way out of contention. Raikkonen had been eighth.

SWRC class leader, Juho Hanninen and fellow Skoda Fabia S2000 man P-G Andersson round out the top ten, the former heading the class by 48.3 seconds. In the PWRC, Ott Tanak remains in control more than two minutes up on Hayden Paddon. Paddon moved up to second in the class in SS14, when Patrik Flodin stopped.

The action now continues with another loop of three stages, the first - the 21.35 kilometre Leustu 1 test, SS15 - starting at 11.59 hours local time.

Rally Finland: Overall standings after Stage 14 (Top 10):

1. Jari-Matti Latvala BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 1hour 40mins 28.7secs M
2. Sebastien Ogier Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +00mins 22.5secs M
3. Petter Solberg PSWRT Citroen C4 WRC +00mins 28.6secs A8
4. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +00mins 33.1secs M
5. Dani Sordo Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC +01mins 06.8secs M
6. Matthew Wilson Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC +03mins 51.0secs M
7. Juha Kankkunen Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC +04mins 46.7secs A8
8. Mads Ostberg Adapta Subaru Impreza WRC +05mins 08.4secs A8
9. Juho Hanninen Skoda Fabia S2000 +05mins 47.2secs S
10. P-G Andersson Skoda Fabia S2000 +06mins 35.5secs S


11. Patrik Sandell Skoda Fabia S2000 +07mins 16.3secs S
12. Toni Gardemeister Ford Fiesta S2000 +07mins 24.8secs S
37. Kimi Raikkonen Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC +20mins 35.0secs M

SWRC Standings after Stage 14 (Top 3):

1. Juho Hanninen Skoda Fabia S2000 1hour 46mins 15.9secs S
2. P-G Andersson Skoda Fabia S2000 +00mins 48.3secs S
3. Patrik Sandell Skoda Fabia S2000 +01mins 29.1secs S

PWRC Standings after Stage 14 (Top 3):

1. Ott Tanak Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X 1hr 49mins 53.5secs P
2. Hayden Paddon Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X +01mins 55.5secs P
3. Jukka Ketomaki Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X +02mins 06.4secs P

Notable retirements:

SS4. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC Crashed. M
SS6. Khalid Al-Qassimi BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC Went off A8
SS8. Henning Solberg Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC Went off. M

all times unofficial