Jari Matti Latvala took the win in todays Rally Finland ahead of teammate and current world champion Sebastien Ogier. The Volkswagen driver crossed the line ahead by 13.7 seconds overall, in what was a rally won on pure pace by the native.
Latvala started off his day by going quickest in the morning stage by nine tenths of a second, extending his lead from Ogier by 14.1 seconds, before the Frenchmen was able to put in a brilliant final stage to cut the gap by four tenths of a second at the line.
“This was a fantastic victory,” said Latvala. “I had a really, really good drive all through the weekend. Saturday especially was one of the best drives of my life. After Poland I concentrated for three weeks for this event. My championship chance is over but I knew if I could win this week it would help me. It’s a great feeling.”
Kris Meeke finished in third place despite crashing out on Stage 16 yesterday. He was able to start the day under Rally 2 rules. Teammate Mads Ostberg finished fourth, who didn’t seem to enjoy what was a stage described as slippery again by some drivers. “It’s so nice to be at the end now, I enjoyed the whole rally,” he said. “It feels good to be back and fighting after Poland. I hope we can continue to prepare for the other rallies like this.”
Ott Tanak meanwhile finished ahead of Hanninen by 1.9 seconds, and just off Meeke’s time by 1.3 seconds. After finishing yesterday on three cylinders, Theirry Neuville was back on four again to finish ninth ahead of Dani Sordo who crossed the line 27 seconds off on a setup he said was “very slow.