WRC »

Wales - day 2: Latvala still on course for win.

BP Ford Abu Dhabi's Jari-Matti Latvala managed to hold on to the lead following day two of the Wales Rally GB on Saturday, the final round in the 2008 World Rally Championship.

The Finn, who had grabbed P1 on Friday afternoon and who began the second leg with a 12.9 second cushion, initially saw his advantage cut back to just 0.8 seconds, when he was only sixth fastest through SS9. Jari-Matti lost out running first on the road in the 30.68 km Resolfen 1 test and while conditions were much improved compared to Friday, there was still plenty of ice around.

Latvala struck back though in the next test, SS10, and another stage win allowed him take the margin back up to 10 seconds. In the end he headed into the mid-day halt in Swansea 8.9 seconds up on Sebastien Loeb.

On the repeat loop in the afternoon the youngster saw his lead trimmed to 8.4 seconds in SS12 and then just 2.4 seconds in SS13, when he had quite a big scare on a downhill section 1.5 kilometres in.

"It was under braking and we hit sheet ice," Latvala explained following Halfway 2. "I couldn't do anything and we hit the barrier on my side of the car. Luckily we bounced back into the road so we didn't lose too much time. It's difficult to find the balance between attacking and staying on the road."

Latvala though did seemingly find the balance in SS14 and following the final proper test - and another stage win, his fifth of the event - he took a 10.8 lead in the short Cardiff SSS. He finally finished day 2 with a 7.3 second margin and he will be determined to try and hang onto that place on Sunday and win what will be only his second ever WRC event.

"I don't want to be in front tomorrow morning. The best place to be is behind somebody else," Latvala added, "but if I am first out there I just have to do my very, very best."

Sebastien Loeb meanwhile is still second and while he did briefly drop behind his team-mate, Dani Sordo this morning, he soon re-took the place. Although he kept Latvala honest - and was in the top three in five of the days six 'proper' stages - he conceded that he was wary of pushing too much, especially as Citroen has still to wrap up the manufacturers' championship.

With Seb currently second though and Dani Sordo now running third in the sister C4 WRC, it is definitely looking good for the French marque, which began the weekend with an 11-point lead.



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Miikka Anttila(FIN), Ford Focus RS WRC07, BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Ford Focus RS WRC 07
VW 2014 WRC title win in numbers
Sebastien Ogier collects his WRC champion`s trophy at the FIA Prizegiving in Doha
Sebastien Ogier and VW celebrate at the FIA Prizegiving
Robert Kubica at the Monza Rally Show
Ford Olsbergs MSE celebrates winning the RX Teams` Championship
Liam Doran
Teams line up for FIA World Rallycross
Teams line up for FIA World Rallycross
Nasser Al-Attiyah - Mini ALL4 Racing
atmosphere
atmosphere
atmosphere
Jari Ketomaa (FIN) Kaj Lindstrom (FIN), Ford Fiesta R5, WRC2 winners
atmosphere
atmosphere
atmosphere

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.