Jari-Matti Latvala says he was determined to reward the Volkswagen team with two valuable manufacturers' points on the Rally Argentina after his hopes of a potential maximum score was scuppered by a crash on leg two.
The Finn led for much of the gruelling event but rolled out of the rally when he struck a rock in his Pole WRC R and was forced to retire.
Nonetheless, after a mighty effort by his team to fix his car, Latvala restarted on leg three to bring home two manufacturers' points for VW, even if admits his exit from the lead remains a bitter pill to swallow.
“No question: to retire whilst leading is bitterly disappointing. This is not what we had in mind for the Rally Argentina. We hit a rock on the 14th stage of the rally, which broke something on the car and ended up with us rolling.
“However, despite our disappointment, the priority today was to help the team. My mechanics put in a remarkable effort to get the Polo R WRC back in the rally, and I wanted to reward them for that with some Manufacturer points today. A track rod broke on the Power Stage, but we still made it to the finish and picked up two points.”
Though he has won an event this year in Mexico, Latvala's non-score in Argentina is his third in the four rounds of 2016.