Jari-Matti Latvala is keen to maintain his winning momentum into Rally Argentina next month after kick-starting his 2016 campaign with victory in Mexico.
The Volkswagen Motorsport driver endured a nightmare start to the year with retirements from the opening two rounds at Monte Carlo and Sweden but has finally ignited his campaign after a flawless win at the Central American event along with two bonus points thanks to second place on the Power stage.
The Finnish driver has admitted his later starting road position worked in his favour but also thanked his team for producing the perfect setup and reliable Volkswagen Polo R WRC machine to maintain his charge over the gruelling final stages.
“I am very happy and satisfied,” Latvala said. “This is a fantastic result, not just for me, but for the whole team. After the disappointing results in the first two events, it was important to finally pick up points. I managed that with the win.
“Naturally, I had a good basis with my starting position this weekend, but the longest rally of the season still had to be mastered. We found a good set-up and also chose the right tactics. My thanks go to my engineer Fabrice van Ertvelde and my mechanics in particular.”
The win saw Latvala leap up to sixth in the WRC drivers' standings but still has a mammoth 50-point deficit to defending champion Sebastien Ogier.
The Volkswagen Motorsport driver is keen to see his winning momentum continue as WRC remains on gravel for Rally Argentina to continue to reel in the front runners.
“We will by no means be resting on our laurels, rather we will take the momentum with us to Argentina,” he said.