FINNISH rally drivers are among the best around and this was proved beyond doubt when Jari-Matti Latvala and co-driver Miikka
FINNISH rally drivers are among the best around and this was proved beyond doubt when Jari-Matti Latvala and co-driver Miikka Anttila won the fastest World Rally Championship event of all time with Volkswagen.
On home soil for the Rally Finland, the eighth round of the season in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), the Finnish pair finished 13.7 seconds ahead of team-mates Sebastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F), thanks to an average speed of 125.44km/h, to climb into second place in the overall standings.
Ogier/Ingrassia are also among the main beneficiaries of Volkswagen’s 13th one-two since the manufacturer joined the series with the Polo R WRC: the next round in Germany presents them with their first opportunity to secure a third World Rally Championship title in a row.
In the manufacturers’ championship, Volkswagen — under the watchful eye of Dr Heinz-Jakob Neuer, Volkswagen board member for Technical Development — extended its lead to 116 points, giving the Wolfsburg-based manufacturer a comfortable advantage going into the final five rounds in Germany, Australia, France, Spain and Great Britain.