Your Top 10 World Rally Drivers' of the Year 2011: 2: Jari-Matti Latvala

Team: Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Car: Ford Fiesta RS WRC
Championship position: 4th
Points: 172 points (average tally per event: 13.23)
Events: 13 (out 13)
Wins: 1
Podiums: 8 (in total)
Points finishes: 11
Stage wins: 67
Power Stage wins: 1

Victory on Wales Rally GB capped off a strong end to the season for Jari-Matti Latvala, which saw him effectively finish as Ford's team leader, a position he will now fulfil proper in 2012, following Mikko Hirvonen's decision to join Citroen.

In total Latvala took 67 stage wins during the year - two more than Sebastien Loeb and the most of anyone runner.

He also notched up seven other podiums, two of which could easily have been wins. Indeed he missed out in Jordan by just 0.2 seconds - the closest margin in WRC history - and also he had to give up the victory in Australia to aid his team-mates ultimately unsuccessful title bid.

Jari-Matti proved to be a true team player and in addition to gifting Hirvonen a place in Oz, he also conceded positions in France and Spain too.

It was only a poor run of results in Sardinia, Argentina and Greece that put a stop to his own championship aspirations. In Sardinia, Jari's co-driver Miikka Anttila made a rare error and misread a pace-note, something that forced them to miss the opening day, while in Argentina Jari-Matti hit a rock in SS13, while seemingly on course for the win - 10 seconds up on Sebastien Ogier. Greece was also tough with issues on everyday meaning he did well to salvage points with ninth, and as for Germany later on, it's probably best not to mention, with the 26-year-old describing it as 'probably one of the most difficult WRC events I have ever had since I became a factory driver' in one of his exclusive post-event Flying Finn columns on

In the end, Latvala finished fourth in the 2011 WRC Drivers' Championship, but you have given him silver in our World Rally Driver of the Year vote 2011, with an average mark of 8.31 out of ten.

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Past vote results for Latvala:
Top 10 World Rally Driver of the Year vote 2010: 5th
Top 10 World Rally Driver of the Year vote 2009: 5th
Top 10 World Rally Driver of the Year vote 2008: 3rd's World Rally Driver of the Year 2011 - results so far: 3. Sebastien Ogier 4. Petter Solberg 5. Dani Sordo 6. Craig Breen 7. Kris Meeke 8. Mads Ostberg 9. Andreas Mikkelsen 10. Mikko Hirvonen


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