Latvala: This is unreal

Jari-Matti Latvala suffers more woe in New Zealand

Ford's Jari-Matti Latvala was 'extremely disappointed' after a mistake in the penultimate stage today all-but ended his victory hopes on Rally New Zealand.

Latvala, who was quickest in qualifying on Thursday, had set the pace in the opening stage this morning in his Fiesta RS WRC car, but he was unable to keep up with the Citroen's of Sebastien Loeb and Mikko Hirvonen from then on and was 25.1 seconds off the lead after SS6.

However in the next test disaster struck, when he went off and into a fence. That incident cost the Finn more than four minutes and dropped him down from third overall to ninth.

It is a bitter blow for the 27-year-old, especially as he is already a distant fifth in the drivers' championship, 74 points off the current leader, Loeb.

“Well it has not been an easy day,” Latvala lamented. “In the morning I was fighting with the car and I have not been happy with it. I have been trying to drive with it and fight the Citroens.

"I am so disappointed because I have been avoiding big risks and then I touched something and bang.

“Well not even bang, it was just a soft edge and the tyres dug in and then spun and we went through the fence and got stuck.

“I'm extremely disappointed. Nothing works this year. It is unreal. I don't have words for this feeling right now."

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Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Jarmo Lehtinen (FIN) Ford Fiesta RS WRC
Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Jarmo Lehtinen (FIN) Ford Fiesta RS WRC
Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Jarmo Lehtinen (FIN) Ford Fiesta RS WRC
Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Jarmo Lehtinen (FIN) Ford Fiesta RS WRC
Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Jarmo Lehtinen (FIN) Ford Fiesta RS WRC
Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Ford Fiesta RS WRC

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runnah - Unregistered

June 22, 2012 4:36 PM

Meh, we keep talking about it and JML isn't improving. I feel that he will be relegated to the "could've been" catagory. Bump up Mads, keep Petter, there you go. Mads has shown that even though he is young he makes mature choices.

whitew - Unregistered

June 22, 2012 3:25 PM

Anyone can drive fast............... But you have to finish to get points. He has always been fast, but has always made mistakes. He's no rookie now so has no excuses.......... Think Ford need to look at someone with more raw talent next year. I think he over drives where Loeb is economical and methodical.

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