The sole-surviving Ford Puma in the Junior World Rally Championship [JWRC] category, that of Finland's Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila, completed the second leg of the Rallye Automobile Monte Carlo today without a repeat of yesterday's drama and lies tenth in the junior standings.

The Astra Racing pair were sixth fastest on the first stage this morning.

They spent the day gaining further valuable experience of two-wheel drive machinery, the 18-year-old driver having spent most of his fledgling career to date in four-wheel drive cars.

Latvala backed up his sixth fastest time, with an ninth in stage nine [the second of the day, after SS7 was cancelled] and a seventh in stage eleven, following the demise of stage ten due to crowd problems.

Latvala now languishes in tenth place overall, over 28 minutes off class leader, Nicolas Bernardi.

The Finn will depend on two retirements in the class tomorrow if he is to finish eighth, and crucially score a point.



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