Jari-Matti Latvala says he never truly felt comfortable with the rhythm of his Volkswagen Polo R WRC at Rally Poland until the final day of running which ruled him out of contention but recovered sufficiently to take fifth overall.
The Volkswagen Motorsport driver struggled from the outset on the high speed and frantic Rally Poland course but maintained his momentum inside the top six throughout the event to eventually grab fifth.
The Finn, who heads to his home event next at the end of the month, regained composure to grab two vital bonus points by finishing second fastest on the Power stage.
For me, Sunday was the best day of the Rally Poland,” Latvala said. “Unfortunately, I found my rhythm far too late. Despite this, the good times on the special stages and second place on the Power Stage are a decent way to finish the rally and earned some valuable points in the Manufacturers' championship.
“Congratulations to my team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen [on victory in Poland]. He drove a fantastic rally. It is obviously bitter for Ott Tänak to lose first place with so little of the rally remaining, but that is the ruthless nature of our sport.”
Latvala's haul of points in Poland has lifted him to fourth in the WRC drivers' championship, level on points with Hyundai Dani Sordo but ahead in the classification but virtue of his victory in Mexico.