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Latvala looks to bounce back from Monte woe

Jari-Matti Latvala looks to secure a podium from the second round of the WRC season in Sweden
Jari-Matti Latvala will aim to bounce back from his retirement in Monte Carlo when the WRC heads to Sweden this weekend for the second round of the season.

Latvala was leading the season opener on the first day when he rolled out after skidding on ice, and was unable to restart after event organisers elected not to use the Rally 2 regulations.

The Finn therefore heads to Sweden eager to score strong championship points to prevent him losing touch early on in the title race and he admitted that a podium finish at the least was his aim for the weekend.

“That's my target,” the Ford driver said. “I was happy after the first day of my pre-event test. I concentrated on perfecting the car set-up, and that's now clear in my head. I was a little too aggressive with the settings last year so I've modified them slightly.

“Driving on snow at such high speed is an incredible feeling. The driving style is more sideways than on gravel, using the throttle to pull the car straight again. It helps provide more lateral grip because when the car is at an angle and leaning, the traction is better.

“On pure ice the studs provide such good grip that the braking points are later than on gravel. That only changes when there is loose snow on the surface, which provides the same effect as driving on a rain-soaked road. The car 'snow-planes' and you must brake sooner.”

Latvala won in Sweden back in 2008 and has finished third for the past two seasons.



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February 08, 2012 1:18 PM

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