Kings of speed: Latvala-Ogier Show continues at the Rally Finland.


“JML” leads by 13.2 seconds after 291.74 of the 320.00 kilometres against the clock
Advantage Latvala in all-Volkswagen duel at Rally Finland
Dominant Polo R WRC: nine stage wins for Latvala/Anttila, eight for Ogier/Ingrassia

FIA World Rally Championship (WRC)
Rally Finland

1 August 2015

Wolfsburg (01 August 2015). 18 special stages, 17 wins for either Ogier or Latvala – the Volkswagen drivers continue to set a blistering pace at the Rally Finland. With the majority of the total distance under their belts, Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN) lead team-mates Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) by 13.2 seconds. As the duel between last year’s runner up in the World Championship and the reigning world champion enters the closing stages, “JML” goes into Sunday’s final 28.26 kilometres with a small cushion. The Saturday of the rally saw last year’s winner Latvala gradually pull clear of his closest rival, courtesy of nine stage wins – including three in a row in the afternoon.

After 91.2 per cent of the Rally Finland, the 2015 race remains a genuine high-speed affair – with an average speed of 124.73 km/h. Strong rain in the afternoon had little effect on the blistering speed of the World Rally Cars. For comparison: the fastest WRC rally of all time came in 2012, when an average speed of 122.89 km/h was achieved at the same event. On Saturday, the speed on the “Jukojärvi”, “Mökkiperä” and “Horkka” stages remained above the 120 km/h mark.

Quotes after day two of the Rally Finland

Sébastien Ogier, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #1
“It has been another good day for Julien and me, but unfortunately with a slight mistake in the afternoon. I damaged the rear-left rim a few kilometres into stage 16. After that, I was afraid I might have suffered a puncture. As a result, I was a little too cautious for a while. If I end up finishing second, that is still a fantastic result for the overall standings in the World Championship. And Jari-Matti has really done a fantastic job. He more than deserves to lead going into the final day. It will be almost impossible to catch him unless he makes a mistake. I think the fans have seen an exciting battle so far, in which both drivers have pushed themselves to the absolute limit.”

Jari-Matti Latvala, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #2
“As expected, today was a close battle between Sébastien and me – and we were taking no prisoners out there. I tried to drive a clean line on the stages and not to drift too much. I managed that well, and increased my lead to over 13 seconds. That was far from easy, particularly on ‘Jukojärvi’, due to the heavy rain. We still have to finish the rally, and we have another two challenging stages tomorrow. I will have to keep my concentration and literally bring the victory home tomorrow.”

Jost Capito, Volkswagen Motorsport Director
“The duel between Latvala and Ogier is really to the taste of the fans and, of course, to the taste of Volkswagen. Jari-Matti Latvala produced a strong display today and gradually pulled clear at the top. He and Sébastien Ogier are in a class of their own here. They have clocked the fastest time on 17 of 18 special stages – that shows that they are dominating matters here. However, we still have another 30 kilometres to complete on Sunday and the whole team will have to remain error-free in order to make this impressive performance count.“

And then there was …

… a bear, which threatened to cause chaos to the Rally Finland itinerary. It had to be driven out of the neighbouring forests by helicopter before the World Rally Cars raced past at an average speed of 120 km/h on the 13th special stage, “Surkee”. This kind of animal visit is not unheard of, as mental coach Christoph Treier knows only too well. Jari-Matti Latvala’s adviser recently received a visit from a brown bear in his own garden.

And then there was also …

… a familiar face among the spectators on Saturday’s special stages: Andreas Mikkelsen. The Volkswagen driver, who crashed out on Friday, took advantage of this rare opportunity to watch the World Rally Cars in action on the twelfth special stage “Jukojärvi”. His engineer Richard Browne and co-driver Ola Fløene were also on hand to check out the action from a spectator’s viewpoint.

FIA World Rally Championship (WRC),
Rally Finland – TV broadcast

Western Europe
Andorra (Canal +), Austria (ORF, Servus TV, Sport1,, RTL), Belgium (Canal +, RTBF), Cyprus (Cyta Vision), Europe (MOTORS TV), Finland (YLE, Nelonen), France (Canal +, France TV, Léquipe 21), Germany (Sport1, Servus TV,, Sky, RTL), Greece (OTE), Italy (RAI, Fox Sports), Ireland (BT Sport, itv4), Liechtenstein (Sport1, Servus TV, RTL), Luxembourg (Canal +, Servus TV, Sport1, RTL), Monaco (Canal +, France TV, Léquipe 21), Norway (TV2), Portugal (Sport TV, RTP), Spain (Canal +, TV3), Sweden (SVT), Switzerland (Canal +, Sport1, Servus TV, RTL), UK (BT Sport, itv4), Wales (S4C)

Eastern Europe
Belarus (Auto Plus), Bosnia and Herzigovina (Arena TV), Bulgaria (BNT), Croatia (Arena TV), Czech Republic (Czech TV, O2, Sport 5), Estonia (Estonia TV, Auto Plus), Kososvo (Arena TV), Latvia (Auto Plus), Lithuania (Auto Plus), Macedonia (Arena TV), Moldova (Auto Plus), Montenegro (Arena TV), Poland (Polsat, TVP, tvn), Romania (Dolce Sport), Russia (Auto Plus), Serbia (Arena TV), Slovakia (Sport5), Slovenia (Arena TV), Turkey (NTV), Ukraine (First Automotive Channel, Auto Plus)

Middle East and Africa
Algeria (Dubai Sports Channel), Angola (Canal +, Sport TV), Bahrain (Dubai Sports Channel), Benin (Canal +), Botswana (Canal +), Burkina Faso (Canal +), Burundi (Canal +), Cameroon (Canal +), Cape Verde (Canal +, Sport TV), Djibouti (Dubai Sports Channel), Egypt (Dubai Sports Channel), Equatorial Guinea (Canal +), Eritrea (Dubai Sports Channel), Ethopia (Canal +), Gabon (Canal +), Gambia (Canal +), Guinea (Canal +), Guinea-Bissau (Canal +), Iran (Dubai Sports Channel), Iraq (Dubai Sports Channel), Israel (Charlton), Ivory Coast (Canal +), Jordan (Dubai Sports Channel), Kenya (Canal +), Kuwait (Dubai Sports Channel), Lebanon (Dubai Sports Channel), Libya (Dubai Sports Channel), Madagascar (Canal +), Malawi (Canal +), Mali (Canal +), Mauritania (Canal +, Dubai Sports Channel), Mauritius (Canal +), Morocco (Dubai Sports Channel), Mozambique (Canal +, Sport TV), Namibia (Canal +), Nigeria (Canal +), Niger (Canal +), Oman (Dubai Sports Channel), Pakistan (Neo Sports), Palestine (Dubai Sports Channel), Qatar (Dubai Sports Channel), Sao Tome (Canal +), Saudi Arabia (Dubai Sports Channel), Senegal (Canal +), Seychelles (Canal +), Sierra Leone (Canal +), Somalia (Dubai Sports Channel), Sudan (Dubai Sports Channel), Syria (Dubai Sports Channel), Tanzania (Canal +), Togo (Canal +), Tunisia (Dubai Sports Channel), Uganda (Canal +), United Arab Emirates (Dubai Sports Channel), Yemen (Dubai Sports Channel), Zambia (Canal +), Zimbabwe (Canal +)

Asia Pacific
Armenia (Auto Plus), Australia (Fox Sports), American Samoa (MAV TV), Azerbeijan (Auto Plus), Baker Island (MAV TV), Bangladesh (NEO Sports), Bhutan (NEO Sports), China (CCTV 5, PPTV), Guam (MAV TV), Georgia (Auto Plus), Howland Islands (MAV TV), India (NEO Sports), Kazakhstan (Auto Plus), Kyrgyzstan (Auto Plus), Japan (J-Sport), Jarvis Island (MAV TV), Kingman Reef (MAV TV), Malaysia (Astro), Micronesia (MAV TV), Midway Islands (MAV TV), Navassa Island (MAV TV), Nepal (NEO Sports), New Zealand (Sky Sports), Norther Marianas (MAV TV), Palau (MAV TV), South Korea (SBS Sport), Sri Lanka (NEO Sports), Tajikistan (Auto Plus), Thailand (Truevision), Turkmenistan (Auto Plus), U.S. Virgin Islands (MAV TV), Uzbekistan (Auto Plus), Wake Islands (MAV TV)

North and Latin America
Argentina (Channel 12, Fox Sports), Bahamas (MAV TV), Barbados (MAV TV), Belize (MAV TV), Bolivia (Fox Sports), Brazil (Fox Sports), Chile (Fox Sports), Colombia (Fox Sports), Costa Rica (Fox Sports), Cuba (Fox Sports), Dominican Republic (Fox Sports), Ecuador (Fox Sports), El Salvador (Fox Sports), Guatemala (Fox Sports), Haiti (MAV TV), Honduras (Fox Sports), Jamaica (MAV TV), Mexico (Fox Sports, TV4), Nicaragua (Fox Sports), Panama (Fox Sports), Paraguay (Fox Sports, Telefuturo), Peru (Fox Sports), Puerto Rico (MAV TV), Trinidad & Tobago (MAV TV, Channel 12), Uruguay (Channel 12), USA (MAV TV, Fox Sports), Venezuela (Fox Sports)










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