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Latvala, Solberg ready for Algarve adventure

“It's a long rally and I want to be a little calmer at the beginning than I was in Mexico. I made a couple of early mistakes there and I don't want to repeat that, so it's important I don't try to achieve too much too soon. There's plenty of kilometres in which to make my move without trying to do it in the first 40km.”

The 37-year old Norwegian got his preparations off to a good start by claiming victory on the WRC Fafe Rally Sprint on Saturday afternoon, edging out reigning world champion Sébastien Loeb by just two hundredths of a second.

In addition to the two works cars, eight privately-entered Fiesta RS WRCs supplement the Blue Oval entry. Ott Tänak and Evgeny Novikov are nominated by M-Sport Ford World Rally Team, which has also entered Dennis Kuipers, while Mads Østberg runs with Adapta World Rally Team and Brazil World Rally Team makes its Ford debut with Daniel Oliveira. Martin Prokop will drive the Czech Ford National Team car, while the Fiesta RS WRC numbers will be completed by Henning Solberg and Jari Ketomaa.



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DafyddLarcombe

March 26, 2012 4:57 PM
Last Edited 296 days ago

I think Sebastien will really have his work cut out for him if he is to extend his Championship lead. It will be interesting to see if the Ford boys can reach the end of the event without a puncture or any other dramas If this can be achieved i think Ford can and will win this event and get the other car home on the Podium too based on the pace shown in Mexico, I also believe that a lot of thought has to go into the tactics of road position, imagine choosing position 1 only to learn that the organisers later extened the gaps to 4 minutes leaving the driver to struggle with the loose gravel and less dust for drivers coming behind The Dust was very bad in Spain last year in the dark, even with 4 minute gaps, I would still say that its going to be better to open the road for who ever wins the qualifying stage



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