Volkswagen's Jari-Matti Latvala has branded his drive to his third victory on Rally Finland as one of the "greatest of his life".

Latvala took the lead midway through Friday, but it wasn't until Saturday afternoon that he finally managed to break clear of team-mate Sebastien Ogier, the Frenchman easing off in SS16 after he took a chunk out of a wheel against a rock.

It was Latvala's second win of the year and the 14th of his career, and comes after a topsy-turvy season.

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"This was one of the greatest drives of my life. I'm proud to be a Finn today. I've had a tough season but winning my home event is like winning half a world championship," said Latvala, who now moves up to second in the Drivers' Championship.

"I've focused fully on this rally for three weeks. After my disappointment at the last round in Poland, I decided my title hopes had gone and concentrated fully on preparing for Finland.

"It paid off today."

Quizzed on what it means to him to have won the 'Finnish Grand Prix' for a third time, Latvala added: "I cannot express how happy I am!

!My motivation coming into this rally and my desire to win were immense. After all the ups and downs I've been through this season, this victory means a huge amount.

"I would like to thank the entire team for its great work. They have always believed in me, even in times when things have not run so smoothly.

"As expected, today was a real rollercoaster and a perfect finale to the 2015 Rally Finland.

"Thank you very much to the fans for the support in the service park and along the route.

"I just want to enjoy the moment now!"