WRC Rally Mexico: Latvala out as drama continues

“Huge disappointment” for Volkswagen's Jari-Matti Latvala after he retires from day two of Rally Mexico
Volkswagen driver Jari-Matti Latvala has retired from the second full day of competition on Rally Mexico after losing a wheel.

The incident happened in SS12, the second test of the day - the long 41.86 km Otates 1 test - when the Finn hit a bank and damaged the rear left suspension on his Polo R WRC.

He was able to limp to the end, but lost over 6 minutes and was then unable to go any further.

“It happened on a fast right-hander,” Latvala told the official WRC site. “We went a little bit wide, hit a bank, broke the rear suspension and lost the wheel.”

Latvala had been running second and was pushing hard to close the 13.7 seconds gap to rally leader and team-mate, Sebastien Ogier.

Ogier now has a 50.5s lead over Citroen's Mads Ostberg post-SS12, with Volkswagen Motorsport II pilot Andreas Mikkelsen third, 26.7s further back. Elfyn Evans is fourth for M-Sport ahead of Hyundai's Dani Sordo and Ford privateer Martin Prokop.

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)

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March 07, 2015 7:25 PM

Definitely not the golden age of excellent rally drivers is it? These guys are going to win races and titles, but i doubt any of them can be considered in the same league as some of the drivers that have come before.

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