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Latvala wins in Finland

"I was proud to hear the support of so many fans this weekend and was very happy to be here with some of the best rallying people in the world – many of them have known me for more than 20 years," Kankkunen stated.

"Today was a long day and I struggled to warm up first thing but it was nice to entertain the big crowd with some slides this weekend – even though that's not the fastest way to go! I drove at my own pace for this rally and didn't try to catch the title-chasers. My aim was to finish in the top ten so I am very happy to have taken eighth."

SWRC runners, Juho Hanninen and P-G Andersson completed the top ten, the former taking the Super 2000 honours by over a minute, while Patrik Sandell was third to give the Skoda Fabia S2000 a 1-2-3 sweep in that category.

As for the PWRC, Ott Tanak claimed gold - 1.5 minutes up on fellow Mitsubishi Lancer runner Jukka Ketomaki.

Tanak also beat F1 2007 world champion, Kimi Raikkonen, who finished down in 25th after losing over 9 minutes this morning in SS12. The former Ferrari and McLaren F1 man had been running eighth.

"We arrived a bit too quickly into a corner at the start of SS9," Raikkonen recalled. "The car slid towards the outside and became stuck in a ditch. It was unfortunately a place where there were no spectators nearby. Several eventually came running to help get us out. We had to change a wheel in order to complete the stage. The front bumper was broken, but there was no other serious damage. We were then able to continue the rally with no further issues."

Raikkonen though wasn't the only major name to have problems and in terms of retirements, the two biggest casualties were BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT #1 Mikko Hirvonen and Stobart Ford's Henning Solberg, both crashing out on Friday.

Hirvonen led initially, before he rolled his Focus multiple times in SS4. The Finn escaped unharmed, as did his co-driver, Jarmo Lehtinen, but the car was badly damaged and he was not able to re-join. Henning's accident was also quite a big one, and one that stopped him re-starting today under the SupeRally. He crashed out in SS8 while battling for a place in the top five.

The 2010 World Rally Championship now continues next month with the Rallye Deutschland running from August 20-22.


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Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Miikka Anttila (FIN), Ford Focus RS WRC08, BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Miikka Anttila (FIN), Ford Focus RS WRC08, BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
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Podium, Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Miikka Anttila (FIN), Ford Focus RS WRC08, BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Podium, Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Miikka Anttila (FIN), Ford Focus RS WRC08, BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Podium, Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Miikka Anttila (FIN), Ford Focus RS WRC08, BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Podium, Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Miikka Anttila (FIN), Ford Focus RS WRC08, BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN), Ford Focus RS WRC08, BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Miikka Anttila (FIN), Ford Focus RS WRC08, BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team

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unwiped bottom - Unregistered

July 31, 2010 7:49 PM

Shame the Citroen drivers ( Ogier and Loeb of course) did not win but well done to JML. A wonderful victory and truly well deserved. I am happy with the podium result. :) Kankkunen has to be the driver of the rally for me. A brilliant 8th after nearly a decade away from the WRC. :) Matthew Wilson was just plain sh!t as usual.



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