WRC Rally Sweden: Latvala 'very disappointed' after SS9 off

Jari-Matti Latvala's hopes of winning Rally Sweden again this year ended with his off in Torbsy 2 on Friday afternoon
Jari-Matti Latvala was left “very disappointed” after his off in the penultimate test on Friday, something that ended his bid to win Rally Sweden for the second year in succession and the fourth time in total.

Latvala, who finished second on Rallye Monte Carlo last month, the 2015 WRC season opener, had just taken the virtual lead, after closing right up on Volkswagen team-mate and championship rival, Sebastien Ogier – the gap reduced from 9.1s post-SS5 to 2.9s post-SS8.

However, a few hundred metres from the end of SS9, the 14.76 km Torbsy 2 test, he went off the road in his Polo R WRC and got stuck.

He was eventually able to continue, but lost almost 8.5 minutes, dropping him down to 23rd position.

“I am very disappointed. I was just too quick and thought I had more grip. As it turns out, I didn't,” Latvala said. “The rear of the car got caught in a snow bank in the corner, and I then skidded into a ditch. Nothing happened to our Polo R WRC.”

“I would also like to thanks all the fans on the route again. Without their fantastic and quick help, we would never have got out,” he added.

“I must now try to finish the rally in a decent fashion. The plan now is to get myself back in a points' position if I can.”

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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