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Latvala dedicates win to team, admits to 'big relief'
3 June 2013
Jari-Matti Latvala has dedicated his victory on the Acropolis Rally to the whole Volkswagen team.
Latvala shone in Greece last weekend, taking the lead on Saturday morning, and then eventually coming through to win the sixth round in the 2013 World Rally Championship by almost two minutes.
It was a welcome result for the Finn, who despite getting on the podium in the two previous events in Argentina and Portugal, still felt like had a point to prove.
“I'm absolutely thrilled and I'd like to dedicate this win to the whole Volkswagen team. The new season got off to a very difficult start for me, but the team always believed in me and supported me really well. I'm delighted to see so many happy faces,” said Latvala, who now moves up into second place in the Drivers' Championship.
“Winning the Rally Acropolis also means a lot to me because it's extremely tough and it's a real classic. Ever since I entered the event for the first time here at the age of 18, I've dreamed of winning it one day.
“The last stage felt like the longest and hardest for some time – I felt every single stone and jolt in the car and couldn't wait for the finishing line to come into sight. Today is a day for celebrating!”
Speaking in the post-event press conference, Latvala elaborated on why the victory means so much to him.
“I started my season [as I said before] with a big crash, so for sure it was a big question for Volkswagen, what kind of driver this new driver is. Finally, I delivered the result for the team, even through difficult times. It's a big relief,” he explained
Asked, if he now feels he has proven himself worthy of the drive, he replied: “I hope so. There are many more rallies and for the Manufacturers' [championship] it will be a very big battle. We need more good results, but we are in a good way.
“I am very pleased with this rally.”