Volkswagen's Jari-Matti Latvala has expressed his delight after taking second and his best ever result on Rally Mexico.

Latvala was up against it in Leon as he had to run first in the order on the opening day, his 'reward' for heading the 2014 WRC Drivers' Championship following his win last month in Sweden. Despite having to sweep the road though, he concluded the opening day in third, and with Mads Ostberg going out early on Saturday, he then took second with ease.

"I am really very happy with second place," Latvala remarked following the third round in the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship. "Having been first onto the route on day one, which meant we were quite a long way off the lead, we set our sights on a place on the podium [and that is what we got]."

"Rally Mexico was hard work and also very demanding on the cars," he added. "[But] the Polo coped admirably with the stresses and strains of the high altitude and soaring temperatures, and our team also did a perfect job. Thanks for that."

"[Overall] that was the best Rally Mexico so far for Miikka [Anttila - my co-driver] and me. We came through without any mistakes and finished runner-up for the first time. We are still almost level with our team-mates [Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia too - just three points behind, and] without having to start first again in Portugal," he concluded.



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