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Your 2012 World Rally Driver of the Year: 7th

You voted Jari-Matti Latvala into seventh place in Crash.net's 2012 World Rally Driver of the Year poll

Your Top 10 World Rally Drivers of the Year 2012:
7: Jari-Matti Latvala

Nationality: Finnish
Team: Ford World Rally Team
Car: Ford Fiesta RS WRC
Championship position: 3rd
Points: 154 points (average tally per event: 12.83)
Events: 12 (out 13)
Wins: 2
Podiums: 7 (in total)
Points finishes: 8
Stage wins: 58
Power Stage wins: 2

Jari-Matti Latvala again proved very quick in 2012 and his victories in Sweden and Wales were matched by five other podiums, with second places in Germany, France and Spain as well as two third places in Greece and Finland.

In total he took 58 stage wins, just five less than Sebastien Loeb.

However, despite taking third place in the drivers' championship, albeit only securing it at the last round, his season was marred by far too many mistakes.

Indeed he crashed out in Monte Carlo, failed to finish in Mexico and blew the chance of good results in Portugal, New Zealand and Sardinia. He was also challenging Loeb for the win in Greece too, until he hit a bank in SS14, it is because of all that then, that the ex-Ford man was ranked only seventh in this year's vote, with you giving him an average mark of 6.298 out of ten.

So do you think that score is about right? Share your opinions simply by clicking on the 'Post your comments' link below.

Also, don't forget to check back tomorrow to see who has been ranked in sixth place.


Past vote results for Latvala:

World Rally Driver of the Year vote 2011: 2nd
World Rally Driver of the Year vote 2010: 5th
World Rally Driver of the Year vote 2009: 5th
World Rally Driver of the Year vote 2008: 3rd


Crash.net's World Rally Driver of the Year 2012 - results so far:

8. Dani Sordo
9. Petter Solberg
10. Ott Tanak


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Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Miikka Anttila (FIN), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, Ford World Rally Team
Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Miikka Anttila (FIN), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, Ford World Rally Team
Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Miikka Anttila (FIN), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, Ford World Rally Team
Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Miikka Anttila (FIN), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, Ford World Rally Team
Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Miikka Anttila (FIN), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, Ford World Rally Team
Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Miikka Anttila (FIN), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, Ford World Rally Team
Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Miikka Anttila(FIN), Ford Fiesta, FORD WRT, 1st position
Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, Ford World Rally Team
Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, Ford World Rally Team

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KIko - Unregistered

December 26, 2012 9:58 AM

It isn't really any surprise to see him this low. It was always going to be difficult to finish high up - Loeb has secured 2nd place, and it will obviously be Wilson in 1st. The rest are just fighting for 3rd.



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