Volkswagen's Jari-Matti Latvala
has said he wants to finish at least second on Rallye Deutschland.
“I finished runner-up last year – my best result here to date. I would like to achieve at least that again, in order to present our dedicated team with a good result at its home rally,” the Finn confirmed prior to the ninth round in the 2013 World Rally Championship.
Latvala will be extra motivated too, after he failed to deliver on home soil earlier this month, with a mishap in SS2 putting him out of the running on Rally Finland.
While asphalt is not his preferred surface, he has done pretty well on the 'black stuff' in more recent years, and as he mentioned, he finished second in Germany twelve months ago, a result he repeated in Spain in the October.
Asked about the stages on Rallye Deutschland, the 28-year-old added that the tests in the Baumholder military training area are especially good.
“I particularly like the 'Arena Panzerplatte' stage on Rallye Deutschland,” he confirmed. “Routes like that have their very own unique allure and should feature far more often on rallies.”
“Otherwise, some of the roads are very reminiscent of Finland,” he continued. “There are a lot of wide roads, on which you can really put your foot down. The vineyard areas on the Mosel have their very own flair, which is unique to the World Rally Championship. When it is dry there, those sections are brilliant.”
“But woe betide it should rain! The roads then become muddy and it is extremely difficult to control the car,” he warned.