WRC Rallye de France: Latvala eyes first asphalt win

Volkswagen's Jari-Matti Latvala out to complete the job on Rallye de France and win on asphalt after coming so close in Germany
Volkswagen's Jari-Matti Latvala is “determined” to secure his first asphalt win on Rallye de France this week.

Latvala looked poised to do just that in Germany last month, until he crashed out on the final day while comfortably leading. The Finn was bitterly disappointed and now wants to make amends in Alsace.

“I have a score to settle with asphalt rallies, as the rally in Germany was disappointing. It was going sensationally well and I was leading, and then everything was over in a flash after my crash. Having come so close in Germany, I am now determined to score my first win on asphalt,” he said in the countdown to the 11th round in the 2014 World Rally Championship.

“Like Rally Germany, Rally France is held on asphalt – but you can't really compare the two rallies,” he added. “We spend a lot more time in the forests and on wider mountain passes in France.

"In Germany the streets were very narrow and winding. The characteristics of this rally are probably more similar to those of the Rally Monte Carlo.”

Latvala also still has a mathematical chance of taking the 2014 WRC Drivers' title this season and while he admits his chances are not good, given team-mate Sebastien Ogier is 50 points ahead with only three events left, he hasn't given up completely.

“I can still become World Champion this year, but I don't really think that that is a realistic possibility. For that to happen, an awful lot would have to go wrong for Sebastien, whilst everything would have to be perfect for me,” he explained. “One thing is certain, however: as long as there is still a mathematical chance, I will carry on fighting and do my very best.

“You never know what might happen.”
by Rob Wilkins

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Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #2, Volkswagen Motorsport)
Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #2, Volkswagen Motorsport)
Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #2, Volkswagen Motorsport)
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Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #7, Volkswagen Motorsport)

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September 29, 2014 1:37 PM
Last Edited 748 days ago

Actually, a sport man should always try his very best, because the most important race is the one that's just coming up next. So, whatever chances remained, do your best Jari-Matti and keep SO under pressure ! I will add something to what you've already said: maybe the best season for you is yet to come.


September 29, 2014 1:43 PM

I think if Jari Mati can break his Asphalt duck in either France or Spain then it will give him the necessary belief that he will need in 2015 to seriously challenge for the driver World Championship I hope he can take the win in France. Maybe Ogier will decide to play it safe and settle for a podium in order to guarantee his own chance of becoming the Drivers World Champion this season. its maybe a good chance this coming weekend for Jari Matti to press on and get his first Asphalt Victory and consider this a small step forward in the necessary process required in order that he becomes the complete driver able to win on any and all surfaces. This further assist him mentally as he prepares for 2015 season

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