Jari-Matti Latvala says maintaining his concentration until the finish in Cardiff this afternoon will be the biggest challenge he will face on the final two stages of Wales Rally GB.
Latvala extended his comfortable advantage over Mads Ostberg to 3m25.9s on the repeat of the Halfway test.
“We’ve got two more stages and it’s not easy when you are not in the fight,” said Latvala, who has yet to win in the WRC this season. “You need to keep the concentration but the car is going well. The target is to hold this position and get to the finish.”
Kris Meeke has narrowed the gap to third-placed Henning Solberg to 13.3s following another strong run in his MINI John Cooper Works WRC.
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Kris Meeke has set up a thrilling fight for the last podium spot on the final stage of Wales Rally GB by slashing Henning Solberg’s advantage to a slender 1.8s on the 22.73-kilometre Crychan stage.
The MINI WRC Team ace has been on sensational form on day four of the World Rally Championship qualifier, which he began by trailing the M-Sport Stobart driver by 45.0s, and set the third fastest time through the event’s penultimate stage.
However, with just a 4.36-kilometre test - the Power Stage - remaining Meeke will have to be at his attacking best if he is to beat Solberg for third place.
Sebastien Ogier was fastest through the stage in his Citroen DS3 WRC, 4.2s quicker than rally leader Jari-Matti Latvala, whose lead over fellow Ford Fiesta RS WRC driver Mads Ostberg is now 3m41.0s.
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SS23: Power Stage
Sebastien Ogier has won the Wales Rally GB Power Stage to bring the curtain down on a thrilling 2011 World Rally Championship season.
Driving a Citroen DS3 WRC, Ogier completed the 4.36-kilometre all-gravel test in a time of 2m41.3s to earn three bonus points. Dani Sordo took two bonus points with the second fastest time in his MINI John Cooper Works WRC, 2.7s slower than Ogier. The final Power Stage point of the season went to event winner Jari-Matti Latvala in a Ford Fiesta RS WRC.
Jari-Matti Latvala secured the overall victory in his factory Fiesta with Mads Ostberg second for the M-Sport Stobart team. In the battle for third place, a spin for MINI ace Kris Meeke ensured third place for Henning Solberg to make it an all-Ford Fiesta podium.
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Latvala wins Rally GB
Jari-Matti Latvala has won Wales Rally GB, his first victory in the World Rally Championship for more than a year.
Driving a Ford Fiesta RS WRC alongside navigator Miikka Anttila, the Finn began the final day’s six stages in a close fight with Citroen’s Sebastien Loeb.
He boosted his chances of finishing first by beating Loeb on Sunday’s opening test and was virtually guaranteed the win, his first at world level for 470 days, when Loeb retired on a road section heading to the Crychan test following a head-on collision with a member of the public.
Latvala’s capture of top spot marked Ford’s third triumph in this year’s WRC following wins for this team-mate Mikko Hirvonen in Sweden and Australia earlier in the campaign.
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Sunday, November 27th
2011 WRC Great Britain (Rally World, Preview) @ 10:30am
2011 WRC Great Britain Day 1 @ 11:30am
2011 WRC Great Britain Day 2 @ 12pm
2011 WRC Great Britain Day 3 @ 12:30pm
2011 WRC Great Britain (Power Stage/Event) @ 1pm
2011 WRC Great Britain Access All Areas Review @ 2pm
The 2012 WRC season starts:
Rally Monte Carlo - Jan 17-22 , 2012
Official Website: acm.mc/ramc/index