Volkswagen's Jari-Matti Latvala says he wants to challenge for victory on Rallye Deutschland this coming week, although he concedes a top-three would still be “great”.
Latvala took his third win of the season in Finland earlier this month after a good scrap with team-mate and championship rival Sebastien Ogier.
As a result he cut the Frenchman's advantage in the Drivers' Championship, but the gap remains big, with the Finn 44 points behind with five events to go, including the one in Germany.
“Winning Rally Finland was very special,” said Latvala. “The fans gave me incredible support – and to win on home soil is a unique feeling. I want to take that with me into the next rally – another home event, this time for Volkswagen.
“My goal is to follow on from my success at Rally Finland and challenge for the win again – however, a top-three finish would [still] be great,” he confirmed.
Meanwhile, Latvala added that one of the toughest things in Germany is whether or not it rains: “One of the greatest challenges is the weather: it can be very changeable. When it rains some of the sections become very wet and thus extremely slippery, while other parts of the route are relatively dry and can be taken at high speed. That makes driving and tyre selection quite tricky,” he explained.
“I have no problem with the surface itself [though] – I like asphalt rallies,” he insisted, “and particularly the character of the route on the Rally Germany.
“I am looking forward to the 'Panzerplatte' test more than anything else. Unfortunately I had a bad experience with the standing stones last year, when I hit a stone whilst leading the rally. I can obviously not allow that to happen to me again this year.”