Jari-Matti Latvala feels he has a score to settle at Rally Portugal and is hoping to reignite his World Rally Championship campaign after a disastrous past three rounds.

After his creditable second place at the 2015 season-opener in Rallye Monte Carlo, the Finnish driver has gone pointless in Sweden, Mexico and Argentina after suffering consecutive crashes and two retirements.

The Volkswagen Motorsport driver has enjoyed mixed fortunes in Portugal in the past, grabbing two podiums finishes in 2011 with Ford and in 2013 with VW respectively. However, those successes have been punctuated by two pointless outings in 2012 and 2014.

The 30-year-old is optimistic about this year's event as the rally has been revised to the North of the country.

"The Rally Portugal has not been a happy stomping ground for me in the past," Latvala said. "New sections of route are always a major challenge, because we have to write the pace notes from scratch and learn the 'language' of the roads. From what I have seen so far, the unfamiliar sections ought to suit me better. The surface is relatively soft, you have more grip and can drive more aggressively.

"A lot will depend on the weather - if it rains, the roads are incredibly slippery and difficult to drive on. 'Fafe' is not a separate event this year, but forms part of the rally weekend instead. That obviously means that we cannot afford to take too many risks on the jump."

Latvala's ultimate aim this weekend is to make a return to solid points scoring to close the gap on his rivals in the drivers' standings.

"The season has not been great for me so far, so my goal for the Rally Portugal is to score as many points as possible and make up ground in the overall standings."

Rally Portugal is set to host round five of the 2015 World Rally Championship on the 21-24 May.



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