Jari-Matti Latvala says mental strength will be essential in his bid for an emotional return to the top step of the podium at his home event Rally Finland.

The Volkswagen Motorsport driver has been able to get his 2015 World Rally Championship campaign up and running after a difficult start to the season when he recorded a single points finish - second place at Rallye Monte Carlo - in the opening four events.

The two-time WRC runner-up's victory in Portugal this season launched a return to form and he is now in a confident mood to hunt a second consecutive win in front of his home crowd.

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"My team-mates Sebastien Ogier and Andreas Mikkelsen are currently in great form and will no doubt give it their all to get the win, but I want to do the same," Latvala said. "That makes it even more important for me to drive with full concentration right from the first second and to fight for every metre. My goal: to experience this emotional moment on the winners' podium from last year again."

Reflecting on his 2014 victory, his second on home soil, the Finn feels it was one of the most emotional moments of his WRC career and is looking to replicate it with the help of mental coach Christoph Treier.

"The Rally Finland was incredible for me back then," he explained. "I will never forget the moment that I stood on the podium, held the winner's trophy in my hand and all my fans were cheering me.

"The Rally Finland is my home event, which naturally gives that extra bit of motivation, but also puts you under pressure. In these moments my mental coach Christoph Treier is particularly important to me. He helps me to line up calmly and with a level head."