Latvala took his first win of the 2015 WRC season by holding off his Volkswagen
Motorsport team mate Sébastien Ogier at the Rally de Portugal.
In the last
three rounds of the championship, Latvala failed to even score points. In
Portugal the 30 year old Finn finished 8.2 seconds ahead of the Ogier in the
four day gravel event to claim his first victory since last October. It was his
13th career win for the Finnish driver who had a clear road
conditions to take the lead on Friday afternoon which no one could take away
from him. Despite overshooting a junction on Sunday morning, Latvala saw off
challenges from firstly Kris Meeke and then Ogier to climb from ninth to fifth
in the drivers’ championship.
finished in second to extend his championship lead to 42 points after round
five of 13.The third VW Motorsport driver Andreas Mikkelsen completed the
podium a further 20.4sec behind Ogier, to provide a clean sweep of the top
three for Volkswagen Motorsport with its Polo R car.
last three rallies some people were doubting if I would come back,” said
Latvala. “It was one of the worst situations in my rally career so to come and
win here is unique. I really appreciate this victory feeling.”
finished 20.1sec behind the Norwegian but the Northern Irishman was the only
man able to challenge Volkswagen’s trio after his first rally victory of his
career in Argentina.
round will take place on another all gravel track at the Rally Italia Sardengna
from June 11- 14.
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