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Latvala ready for tight fight

Jari-Mati Latvala predicts a difficult fight for victory in Finland
Jari-Matti Latvala has predicted a close fight in his home round of the World Rally Championship next weekend in Finland.

The Ford man goes into the event aiming to repeat his 2010 success as he looks to move up from sixth in the championship standings.

Latvala has also finished on the podium in his last three attempts at the event and he admitted that the pre-event test carried out by Ford would be crucial to his chances.

“This is a sprint in the truest sense,” he said. “The pace is such that time differences are small and if you make a mistake there's no opportunity to regain the seconds lost. Every error is magnified.

“Pre-event testing is more important here than elsewhere because you must start the rally 100 per cent happy with the car set-up and feeling.”

Latvala added that getting the famous jumps on the event right would also be vital to ensuring success.

“When you approach a big jump at 180kph it's essential to kill the speed before take-off,” he said. “If the speed is too high, the aerodynamics will force the back of the car down and the front, which is lighter, will rise.

“The tactic is to brake, perhaps drop a gear, and accelerate full throttle over the jump. Braking over the jump itself means the suspension isn't free and the landing could be bad.”


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podium, winners Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #2, Volkswagen Motorsport), 2n place Andreas Mikkelsen ,Ola Floene (Volkswagen Polo R WRC, #9 Volkswagen Motorsport II) and 3th place Kris Meeke, Paul Nagle (Citroën DS3 WRC, #3 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT)
podium, winners Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #2, Volkswagen Motorsport), 2n place Andreas Mikkelsen ,Ola Floene (Volkswagen Polo R WRC, #9 Volkswagen Motorsport II) and 3th place Kris Meeke, Paul Nagle (Citroën DS3 WRC, #3 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT)
podium, winners Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #2, Volkswagen Motorsport), 2n place Andreas Mikkelsen ,Ola Floene (Volkswagen Polo R WRC, #9 Volkswagen Motorsport II) and 3th place Kris Meeke, Paul Nagle (Citroën DS3 WRC, #3 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT)
podium, winners Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #2, Volkswagen Motorsport), 2n place Andreas Mikkelsen ,Ola Floene (Volkswagen Polo R WRC, #9 Volkswagen Motorsport II) and 3th place Kris Meeke, Paul Nagle (Citroën DS3 WRC, #3 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT)
podium, winners Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #2, Volkswagen Motorsport), 2n place Andreas Mikkelsen ,Ola Floene (Volkswagen Polo R WRC, #9 Volkswagen Motorsport II) and 3th place Kris Meeke, Paul Nagle (Citroën DS3 WRC, #3 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT)
podium, winners Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #2, Volkswagen Motorsport), 2n place Andreas Mikkelsen ,Ola Floene (Volkswagen Polo R WRC, #9 Volkswagen Motorsport II) and 3th place Kris Meeke, Paul Nagle (Citroën DS3 WRC, #3 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT)
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Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #2, Volkswagen Motorsport)
Julien Maurin, Nicolas Klinger (Ford Fiesta WRC)
Julien Maurin, Nicolas Klinger (Ford Fiesta WRC)

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DafyddLarcombe

July 30, 2012 1:13 PM

It will be fascinating to watch how the Rally Unfolds Loeb says he has such a big lead that he can afford to take it easy and feels he doesnt need to take Big risks if the pace required to win is too high Hirvonen says he will start the Rally by taking it fairly easy so he doesnt crash like in 2010, he hasnt had a good Rally Finland since 2009 when he last won it Latvala however is seemingly focused on the Win and is really thinking hard and concentrating on his preparations, it will be interesting to see if he will indeed win this Incredible Rally once again



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