Volkswagen's Jari-Matti Latvala says his second place finish on Rallye Monte Carlo this weekend was "more than he expected".

Latvala had never finished higher than fifth on the Monte prior to this year's running of the event and prior to the off was aiming for a top-four.

However, the Finn ran in the top-three almost all the way through, moving up to second after Sebastien Loeb had his problems in the final test on Friday. He eventually finished 58 seconds adrift of team-mate and victor Sebastien Ogier.

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"I am delighted!" Latvala said at the end and after finishing third in the Power Stage to take an extra bonus point. "This [second place overall] is much more than I expected, before the rally I was thinking fourth or fifth!

"I must thank my ice crew for their information."

Speaking back in service, he added: "We couldn't have wished for a better start. Our aim right from the word go was to finish in the top four, and we did better than that. I am delighted. It is a weight off my mind since my previous starts at the Rally Monte Carlo hadn't exactly been successful.

"The conditions were not easy and you had to compromise on speed to avoid making mistakes.

"After we had built up a good lead early on, it was all about getting the overall result, and no longer about setting the fastest times."