Volkswagen's Jari-Matti Latvala says his victory last time out in Finland has given him a "massive motivational boost" for Rallye Deutschland this week.

Latvala has had a mixed season, but having led in Germany in 2013 and 2014, before crashing out, is keen now to go the distance and is confident he can get a podium.

"Naturally the home event in Germany [for VW] is special to the team and I am definitely ready," Latvala said. "The win in Finland has given me a massive motivational boost. Things weren't going very smoothly before that, but at my home rally I showed that I can prevail in a head-to-head battle.

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"In 2013 I led Rally Germany up until Saturday afternoon, and last year until Sunday morning.

"This year it would be nice if I could keep the lead until the end."

Meanwhile, Latvala said that they have made some changes to the set-up of the Polo R WRC in a bid to adapt it to the new tyres Michelin will provide in Trier.

"Michelin are providing a new tyre for Rally Germany, the H4, for which we adjusted the set-up of the Polo R WRC during testing a week ago," he explained.

"We also tested on Corsica this year. So I was able to get used to driving on asphalt [again]," added the Finn, who took his maiden WRC win on tarmac in France last October.

"Asphalt rallies are something special because as drivers we need to get used to different surfaces with different characteristics in a short space of time. This is particularly difficult at Rally Germany on the special stage 'Panzerplatte' - my favourite stage.

"It is a bit like in Finland: hilly, the road is wide, the grip changes constantly and the speed is high. I like it because it is smooth to drive. It's much more technical along the vineyards.

"All-in-all a top three finish is realistic.

"That's my goal."