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Rally: Jari-Matti Latvala fastest at France shakedown

From wrc.com

Jari-Matti Latvala began his quest for a maiden World Rally Champiosnhip asphalt victory in perfect style when he was fastest in shakedown at Rallye de France-Alsace on Thursday morning, October 2nd.

The Finn was quickest through the 3.80km Hautepierre Parc des Sports test next to the Strasbourg service park by 1.2sec in a Volkswagen Polo R.

Jari-Matti Latvala, VW Polo R WRC
Jari-Matti Latvala, VW Polo R WRC (Photo: Volkswagen)

Kris Meeke was second in a Citroen DS3, with championship leader Sébastien Ogier’s Polo R and Dani Sordo’s Hyundai i20 tying for third, a further 0.5sec behind.

Latvala set the pace throughout the morning and posted the fastest time on his fourth and final run over the tight and twisty service roads around the sports and leisure complex.

The Finn has made no secret of his desire to win on asphalt but missed out at August’s ADAC Rallye Deutschland when he crashed out of the lead on the final morning.

The top 10 shakedown times were:

Position Driver Time
1. Jari-Matti Latvala 2min 36.0sec
2. Kris Meeke 2min 37.2sec
3. Sebastien Ogier 2min 37.7sec
3= Dani Sordo 2min 37.7sec
5. Andreas Mikkelsen 2min 39.1sec
6. Thierry Neuville 2min 39.3sec
7. Mads Ostberg 2min 39.5sec
8. Robert Kubica 2min 39.6sec
9. Yuriy Protasov 2min 42.0sec
10. Elfyn Evans 2min 42.1sec