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Latvala: I need a strong result on Rally GB

Jari-Matti Latvala: At the start of the season I privately set a target to finish in the top three of the championship. I'm third [at the moment] and have a chance to take second, so I need a strong result in Wales.

BP Ford Abu Dhabi's Jari-Matti Latvala will be pushing for a good result on Wales Rally GB this weekend.

Latvala heads to the Cardiff-based event in midst of a three-way battle for the runners-up position in the WRC drivers' championship and the 25-year-old is determined to ensure he doesn't end the season fourth in the standings.

"At the start of the season I privately set a target to finish in the top three of the championship," he said.

"I'm third [at the moment] and have a chance to take second, so I need a strong result in Wales."

Latvala is currently eleven points behind second-placed Sebastien Ogier and five clear of Petter Solberg, with a maximum 25 points still available, something that means the fight is wide open.

Latvala has lots of experience in GB though, and he has actually done Wales Rally GB more times than his home event in Finland. This will be his ninth start and to date his best result is a second place in 2008 - a repeat of that this weekend would be very well timed.

“I started my career in Britain and my first world rally was here, so Rally GB is like a second home event for me,” he continued. "Conditions during the last three years though have been extreme with heavy rain in 2007 and 2009 and ice in 2008 that caused much of the opening leg to be cancelled.

“Ice is the worst. It can lurk on the surface under the trees, and if the car hits a patch of ice all a driver can do is hope the grip returns before it slides off the road.

“Confidence is important. When you start to be afraid of the weather and hesitate, you lose a lot of time.

"You need to be brave and put your trust in the pace notes on Wales Rally GB," the Finn summed-up.


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Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Miikka Anttila (FIN), Ford Focus RS WRC08, BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN), Ford Focus RS WRC08, BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Miikka Anttila (FIN), Ford Focus RS WRC08, BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Miikka Anttila (FIN), Ford Focus RS WRC08, BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Miikka Anttila (FIN), Ford Focus RS WRC08, BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN), Ford Focus RS WRC08, BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team

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