Latvala wins Rally Finland

The Finn claims superb home victory

By Franck Drui

31 July 2010 - 16:47
Latvala wins Rally Finland

Finn Jari-Matti Latvala sealed an historic victory on Neste Oil Rally Finland today, becoming the youngest driver to win the event since it joined the World Rally Championship in 1973.

Latvala, 25, took the lead on SS6 in his BP Ford Abu Dhabi team Focus RS WRC and held it ever since, successfully fending off a full-on attack today from Citroen Total team driver Sebastien Ogier.

Ogier finished second in his C4 World Rally Car, 10.1sec adrift of Latvala, while his Citroen team-mate Sebastien Loeb was third, 15.9sec further back, after a tense final day battle with Petter Solberg which was decided by only 4.7sec.

Today’s win was the fourth at World Championship level for Latvala, who is co-driven by Miikka Anttila. He scored his first on the 2008 Rally Sweden, when he became the youngest winner of a WRC rally. His most recent victory came just 12 weeks ago on the Rally of New Zealand.

Overall standings after SS19 :

01 Jari-Matti LATVALA Ford Focus WRC 2h31m29.6s
02 Sébastien OGIER Citroën C4 WRC +10.1s
03 Sébastien LOEB Citroën C4 WRC +26.0s
04 Petter SOLBERG Citroën C4 WRC +30.7s
05 Dani SORDO Citroën C4 WRC +1m45.0s
06 Matthew WILSON Ford Focus WRC +5m43.7s
07 Mads ÖTSBERG Subaru Impreza WRC +5m50.8s
08 Juha KANKKUNEN Ford Focus WRC +7m49.0s
09 Juho HÄNNINEN Skoda Fabia S2000 +9m05.0s
10 Per Gunnar ANDERSSON Skoda Fabia S2000 +10m15.7s
11 Patrik SANDELL Skoda Fabia S2000 +10m35.0s
12 Toni GARDEMEISTER Ford Fiesta S2000 +10m52.2s
13 Martin PROKOP Ford Fiesta S2000 +13m12.2s
14 Mattias THERMAN Ford Focus WRC +13m51.4s
15 Marko KAKKO Ford Fiesta S2000 +14m40.5s



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