Tag Archive: Jari-Matti Latvala

Jun 22

Ogier peerless in Sardinia (+result)

Fourth World Rally Championship victory of the season

Sébastien Ogier - photo © FRANCOIS BAUDIN - DPPI Sebastien Ogier claimed his fourth World Rally Championship victory of the season today after leading Rally Italia Sardegna from start to finish in a Volkswagen Polo R. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 27

Kubica tests world rally Ford in France

Robert Kubica has tested a world rally car in France.

2012-05-13 - Spanish Grand Prix 1 0111Robert Kubica 2011-11-01 Ford’s technical director Christian Loriaux was quoted on Saturday by the French-language L’Avenir as saying works drivers Petter Solberg and Jari-Matti Latvala tested over four days at the asphalt Circuit des Ecuyers. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 31

Portugal Rally: Hirvonen: Conditions were exceptional (+result)

 Citroen’s Mikko Hirvonen will take a 36.3 second advantage into Saturday’s third day of Rally de Portugal 

Mikko Hirvonen Citroen 1Rally Portugal logoCitroen’s Mikko Hirvonen holds the lead at the end of the second day of Rally de Portugal and following the cancellation of the repeat loop he will now take a 36.3 second advantage into Saturday’s third leg. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 12

Rally Sweden: Latvala gets the job done (+result)

Loeb remains Championship leader

Jari-Matti Latvala  SwedenRally Sweden logoIt wasn’t exactly an easy run to the finish for Jari-Matti Latvala, but the Ford number one kept his head through a tense final morning to claim Rally Sweden victory and get his 2012 FIA World Rally Championship powered by Nokia title challenge properly underway. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 23

Loeb reigns in Spain (+result)

His seventh win in Spain and his fifth of the season

Sebastien Loeb Spain VictorySebastien Loeb - CatalogneSebastien Loeb has won RallyRACC-Rally de Espana to edge clear of Mikko Hirvonen in the race for the 2011 World Rally Championship crown. Driving a Citroen DS3 WRC, Loeb maintained his overnight advantage for his seventh win in Spain and his fifth of the season alongside co-driver Daniel Elena. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 22

Saturday WRC wrap

Loeb leads, Latvala flies

Sebastien Loeb - CatalogneJari-Matti Latvala  FranceSebastien Loeb continues to lead RallyRACC-Rally de Espana following another strong display in his Citroen DS3 WRC. But while Loeb maintained his advantage out front, Jari-Matti Latvala shone with a trio of stage wins in his Ford Fiesta RS WRC. Read the rest of this entry »

May 05

Solberg sets Sardinia shakedown pace (+result)

At the wheel of his Citroen DS3 WRC

Petter Solberg portrait 2011-03-08Petter Solberg  Rallye JordaniePetter Solberg has got his bid to win Rally d’Italia Sardegna off to the perfect start by going fastest in shakedown for the world championship counter., Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 06

Loeb wins in Rally Mexico (+Top Ten)

Sebastien Loeb has won Rally Guanajuato Mexico for the fifth time

Sebastien LoebSebastien Loeb 091107The Citroen Total World Rally Team star began the final day of the event locked in a close battle with team-mate Sebastien Ogier, 10.5s adrift. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 05

Loeb hits trouble in Mexico

Wrc.com stage summary – Stage data: SS15, Ibarrrilla 2 (29.90 kilometres)

Rally Guanajuato Mexico logoSebastien Loeb  Rally UK 20101113By 2010 Rally Mexico winning co-driver Daniel Elena: “This stage is the longest of the rally. It’s a technical stage with changing of rhythm. It’s an interesting stage because some parts are narrow and slow and after it is very, very fast. It’s a good, good stage but again you have the problem if you are first on the road because you are cleaning the road and it really is not easy and the others are trying to push.” Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 20

Mexico preparations continue for Ford

Despite Latvala test crash in Portugal

Jari-Matti Latvala  PortugalJari-Matti Latvala crash PortugalFord Abu Dhabi World Rally Team chief Malcolm Wilson says he is confident that Jari-Matti Latvala’s testing crash in Portugal won’t affect his squad’s preparations for Rally Guanajuato Mexico. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 16

WRC: Ford shows off new colour scheme

Ford launches it 2011 WRC programme at the Autosport Show

Ford WRC 2011WRCFord’s all-new Fiesta RS World Rally Car was revealed in its 2011-specification today when the company unveiled the colour scheme that will adorn the car in the FIA World Rally Championship. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 13

Huge entry for World Rally Championship opener

Nearly 130 cars will start the Karlstad event
New TV deal gives UK WRC fans more coverage than ever before 

Rally Sweden logoWRCThe 2011 World Rally Championship is set to get off to a thrilling start in Sweden next month after all the series’ big guns lodged entries for the snow spectacular. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 25

Ford enjoys positive test

Ford’s test in Sweden follows on from a four-day session on gravel roads in Portugal

FordFiesta RS WRCMikko Hirvonen  Monte-Carlo winnerFord World Rally Team technical director Christian Loriaux has described the squad’s five-day test in Sweden last week as “positive”. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 13

WRC: Ogier crashes out in Wales, won’t re-start

Sebastien Ogier rolled his Citroen C4 WRC car in the first test of the day

Citroen’s Sebastien Ogier has crashed out of the Wales Rally GB in the opening stage this morning. Ogier went off the road near the end of the 14.78 kilometre Radnor Forest stage [SS8] rolling his Citroen C4 WRC car in the process. It has since been confirmed he will not be able to re-join tomorrow under the SupeRally. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 27

Solberg: Ogier needs to watch out on Wales Rally GB

Sebastien Ogier currently holds the runner-up spot on the World Rally Championship

But Petter Solberg is on a mission to take it from him on the final round of the year Former World Rally Champion and four-time winner of Rally Great Britain Petter Solberg has warned the Citroen Junior Team’s Sebastien Ogier to watch out for his runner-up spot on the World Rally Championship in Britain next month. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 24

Citroen C4 WRC driver Sebastien Loeb has won the Rally de Espana (+result)

Three weeks after clinching this year’s drivers’ World Championship

Adding another victory to his record breaking tally, today’s win was the 61st at World Championship level for the Frenchman and his co-driver Daniel Elena. The pair led the rally from beginning to end, eventually finishing 35.3 seconds ahead of the man in second place, Citroen privateer Petter Solberg. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 11

Thriller in Japan heading to the wire

Could Rally Japan get any more exciting?

Absolutely not. The tens of thousands of fans on the stages south of Sapporo have been treated to one of the most entertaining days in the sport’s history. And it’s Petter Solberg who emerged as the day two hero – with a 3.7-second lead over Ford’s Mikko Hirvonen. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 10

Midday wrap: Solberg rules in Japan

A flu-ridden Petter Solberg drove a near-perfect morning to open a 10-second lead on Rally Japan

The Citroen C4 WRC driver was unhappy with the set-up of his car through last night’s two Sapporo Dome stages, but he was quickest out of the blocks when the cars hit the dirt this morning. Fastest through the long stages – Iwanke and Sikot – he was third quickest on the morning’s final short test. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 17

Loeb: Ogier should move to Ford

Where he would drive with number one status

Sebastien Ogier will go to Ford as team leader next season if he decides to leave Citroen, according to six-time World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb. The Frenchman believes Ogier would be well advised to leave Citroen and head for Ford, where he would drive with number one status. Read the rest of this entry »

May 30

WRC: Ogier still in control – but Loeb closing in (+result)

Only 21 seconds lead over Loeb

Sébastien Ogier ended the second day of the Rally de Portugal with a similar margin of supremacy over his nearest pursuer as he’d had on day one – only now the man chasing him hardest is namesake and multiple World Rally Champion Sébastien Loeb… Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 03

WRC: Loeb in control in Jordan

Citroen’s Sebastien Loeb has increased his lead this morning on the Jordan Rally

Loeb now lies 37.8 seconds up on Jari-Matti Latvala with just four stages to go. Citroen number one driver Sebastien Loeb looks set to claim the victory in Jordan and his second of the year after increasing his advantage this morning. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 02

Loeb leads after day two in Jordan

S-WRC Friday wrap: Pons clear in front in Super 2000 battle

Jari-Matti Latvala leads after the second morning in Jordan, but Sebastien Loeb closes in Jari-Matti Latvala has retained his lead on Rally Jordan after the second morning, although the Finn’s role as road sweeper has allowed Sebastien Loeb to close to within five seconds of top spot. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 15

Ford team boss hails Hirvonen’s Sweden win

Double podium gives the BP Ford Abu Dhabi squad

BP Ford Abu Dhabi team director Malcolm Wilson has heaped praise on his lead driver Mikko Hirvonen for a performance in Sweden he believes was his best ever. Hirvonen and his co-driver Jarmo Lehtinen started their 2010 WRC campaign by winning the opening round by 42.3sec from arch rival Sebastien Loeb. The win, Hirvonen’s 12th, moved Ford level with Lancia at the top of the all-time manufacturer wins table – on 74 WRC victories apiece. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 19

WRC: Ford squad gear up for the final push

Drivers’ Championship hopeful Mikko Hirvonen has denied he’s feeling the pressure

Ahead of the final, decisive round of the World Rally Championship in Wales next weekend, insisting instead that he can’t wait for the rally to start. The BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team leader will begin the Rally of Great Britain with a single point advantage over rival Sebastien Loeb, as the series readies itself for its closest finale since 2003. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 18

Sordo free to fight for GB victory

Citroen frees up Dani Sordo to go for a maiden WRC victory

In the final round of the year in Wales, Citroen has given Dani Sordo free reign to fight for victory in the final round of the World Rally Championship season in Wales. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 03

WRC: Loeb leads in Spain

After Sordo plays his team

Defending World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb leads the Rally de Espana this evening and remains on course to rack up a fifth consecutive win on this event when the third and final day concludes tomorrow (Sunday). Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 04

WRC: Citroen’s tyre tactics pay off on the Super Special

They annihilated the opposition

After SS13 Citroen drivers Sebastien Ogier and Sebastien Loeb had begun to doubt their strategy of using worn tyres on the afternoon’s gravel stages, but their gamble paid off on the Super Special, where they annihilated the opposition. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 12

WRC: Wilson Sr. – We must win in Finland

Wilson has seen the tide turn in the last three events

BP Ford Abu Dhabi team director Malcolm Wilson has said that it is absolutely ‘crucial’ they win in Finland at the end of this month. Wilson has seen the tide turn in the last three events, and while Jari-Matti Latvala’s final stage error in Poland was a big blow, the ‘Blue Oval’ still looks very strong off the back of three victories in succession. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 23

WRC: Ford drivers aiming for hat-trick

With spirits high after back-to-back victories on the two most recent rallies

The BP Ford Abu Dhabi Team is heading into the uncharted territory of Rally Poland aiming for a hat-trick. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 13

Acropolis – day 2: Hirvonen set to win?

Mikko Hirvonen looks on course to take his maiden win of the season tonight

Following day two of the Acropolis Rally of Greece. Read the rest of this entry »

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