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Jari-Matti Latvala: World Championship title? I’m working on it!


26 February 2014

Latvala on the world championship battle between him and Sébastien Ogier
The Finn has grand ambitions for 2014: becoming World Rally Champion
What “JML” has in common with his idol Henri Toivonen

Volkswagen works driver Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) celebrated his first win of season in the Polo R WRC at the Rally Sweden. The Finn along with co-driver Miikka Anttila (FIN) took the overall lead in the World Rally Championship for the first time in his career. Latvala would love to defend that lead ahead of team-mate Sébastien Ogier (F) at the Rally Mexico. In this interview, the world championship leader speaks about the battle between him and the current world champion, his new mental coach, his great idol Henri Toivonen and his grand ambitions.

Jari-Matti Latvala, congratulations on your first victory of the season. How do you feel after this triumph?
“The victory in Sweden was a special moment for me. It’s the only rally in the WRC that I have won three times. It was also in Sweden that I celebrated my first WRC victory in 2008. However, there were also some critical moments during Rally Sweden. For example on the Friday when I lost time during the ‘Hagfors Sprint’ stage and Andreas [Mikkelsen] came dangerously close. But on the Saturday everything went to plan and we clinched the victory. I was absolutely ecstatic after Rally Sweden.”

Do you know what you have in common with Björn Waldegård, Stig Blomqvist, Tommi Mäkinen, Kenneth Eriksson and Marcus Grönholm?
“Let me think about it quickly. I think we have all won the Rally Sweden more than two times. That truly is esteemed company.”

It is difficult to master a WRC event like in Sweden. How then do you manage to win such a complex rally?
“It all comes down to strategy. In 2008 the conditions were similar – a lot of gravel amongst the slushy snow and ice runs. Conditions like these seem to suit me. If you were to compare a rally like this with an asphalt rally, then there would be huge differences. You have to keep calm in Sweden and drive a clean line. I also had problems with this at the start in Sweden, but over the course of the rally I managed to get this under control. I would also like to stress that Volkswagen gives all their drivers an equal chance. Each of us has the opportunity to fight for the victory – no team orders in sight. This is reflected in the atmosphere within the team. The team has simply worked great.”

The first gravel rally of the season in Mexico is fast approaching. How are Volkswagen preparing for it?
“We’ve spent two days in Spain preparing for Rally Mexico. I was behind the wheel one day and then Sébastien the next. Séb adjusts to new conditions incredibly quickly. Quicker than me. I need a bit of a warm-up on gravel. Therefore I often use the shakedown to get used to the road surface. This was exactly the case during Rally Great Britain last season. If I haven’t been on gravel for two months then I notice it straight away.”

What are you expecting from the Rally Mexico?
“Of course the win has given me extra confidence. At the same time when you’re in first place, you have to be a realist. In Mexico, if you allow yourself a mistake then your chances of victory are slim. I travelled to Mexico in 2012 fresh from victory in Sweden. At the time I had a great feeling about the Rally Mexico, then I was unfortunately forced to retire. You have to see that you pick up as many points as possible. It’s not my strongest rally but of course a victory is possible, however, it’s not my main aim. Even a podium finish would be super.”

You are the new WRC leader. Is there now a big battle going on between you and Sébastien Ogier?
“I hope so. But one thing is certain: Séb will be damned hungry for victory in Mexico. Of course I would also like to become world champion. That is my great ambition. For that you need a perfect overall package and I’m working on that. But there are also other drivers, who share this dream, therefore for the time being we’re just concentrating on one rally at a time. Séb is really strong. If anyone wants to beat him, they have to perform consistently at their best, on all surfaces.”

What were you thinking during the Rally Sweden when Sébastien Ogier made a mistake?
“He’s only human too. Sure, if you visualise the previous season, then you’re given the impression that Séb never makes mistakes. I’m convinced that every driver sometimes makes a mistake during a rally. Again, we are all just humans.”

With good performances you are increasing the pressure on your team-mates …
“As a driver it is natural to look at the performances of your team-mates. When Séb was so fast last year, I found myself under more pressure. Despite this I think that we are professionals and know how to handle pressure.”

Are you afraid of Sébastien Ogier?
“He’s a very strong driver. Also mentally. He’s at home on all surfaces. He is certainly difficult to beat, but despite this you should never have fear. If you are afraid, then you won’t achieve anything. You can have respect for other drivers, but never fear. As I mentioned earlier, if you want to win the world championship, you have to deliver consistent performances.”

This season you are working with a mental coach. What has changed for you because of this?
“I listen to my feelings more. In the past I wanted to win some rallies at all costs. Then everything often went wrong and I wanted too much. In moments like these my self-confidence was zero. My mental coach has taught me that you have to listen to your feelings. If this is not ideal, then it is better to switch down a gear. Another thing is that I now communicate with Miikka, my co-driver, considerably more. Now we have a strategy, a plan. Our teamwork couldn’t be better. He intervenes when I sometimes want too much. That wasn’t the case at the beginning of our career together.” (laughs)

Was it your idea to work with a mental coach?
“It was the team’s idea. The team came to me and thought that I could improve in this area. Christopher became my mental coach during the Rally Great Britain and since that time I have come to trust him one hundred per cent. I learnt from him how to place my focus on something and when I lose my focus, how I can get it back. Also, I was sometimes a little too excited ahead of a rally. He’s taught me to approach a rally in a more relaxed manner. I don’t want to go into too many details, but I’ve mostly managed it through relaxation and concentration exercises.”

Volkswagen have dominated recent rallies. Do you believe this domination can continue on gravel?
“There are four manufacturers in the WRC. When I look at Hyundai, then you have to say that they’ve made good progress already, but they still require a little time to reach the top. Volkswagen were able to gather a lot more experience ahead of their debut. But I’m certain that one team or another will still shine this season.”

Your compatriot Marcus Grönholm was World Rally Champion in 2002. Is it not high time for another Finnish world champion?
“It puts a bit of pressure on me that it’s been twelve years since a Finnish driver was world champion. A Finn has been World Rally Champion off and on when spread over the last 20 years. In Finland the people already have high hopes for me, even if rallying has lost a little of its popularity. If I were to win the title, then the popularity of the sport in Finland would be sure to increase.”

You are a big fan of Henri Toivonen. Would you also like to become world champion for him?
“There are a few parallels between Henri’s career and mine. He won his first rally as a young driver and then got more and more experienced. In 1986, the year he died, he won the Rally Monte Carlo and led Rally Sweden for a lot of the way. He had a super start to the season. Even though he is my idol, it’s not the case that I want to become world champion for him. For me he was the bravest driver of his era. Nobody was able to drive a Group B car like he was. Sometimes he just wanted too much.”

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Rally México – TV broadcast

Western Europe
Andorra (Canal +); Austria (, n-tv, ORF, ServusTV, Sport1); Belgium (Canal +, RTBF); Cyprus (Cyta); Denmark (VIASAT); Finland (Nelonen, YLE Sport); France (Canal +, France TV, Léquipe 21); Germany (, n-tv, ServusTV, Sport1); Greece (OTE); Ireland (BT Sports); Israel (Charlton); Italy (RAI, Fox Sports, Dinamica); Liechtenstein (n-tv, ServusTV, Sport1); Luxembourg (Canal +, RTL, ServusTV, Sport1); Monaco (Canal +, France TV, Léquipe 21); Norway (VIASAT); Portugal (Sport TV, RTP); Spain (Canal +, TVE, TV3); Sweden (SVT); Switzerland (Canal +, n-tv, ServusTV, Sport1); Turkey (NTV); United Kingdom (ITV 4, BT Sport); Wales (S4C)

Eastern Europe
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan (Auto Plus); Bosnia and Herzogovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia (Arena Sport); Hungary (Sport1); Czech Republic (Czech TV, Sport 5); Lithuania (Auto Plus, BTV, LNK); Poland (TVP); Romania (Dolce Sport); Ukraine (First Automotive Channel, Auto Plus)

Middle East and Africa
Angola, Mozambique (Canal +, Sport TV, SuperSport); Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, São Tomé, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe (Canal +, SuperSport); Ethiopia, Mauritania (Canal +); Lesotho, Liberia, Mayotte, Reunion, Socotra, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, St Helena & Ascension, Sudan, Swaziland (SuperSport)

Asia Pacific
Australia (Fox Sports); American Samoa, Baker Island, Guam, Howland Islands, Jarvis Island, Kingman Reef, Mirconesia, Midway Islands, Navassa Island, Northern Marianas, Palau, U.S. Virgin Islands, Wake Islands (MAV TV); Malaysia (Astro); Japan (J Sports); New Zealand (Sky Sports, TV 3); Thailand (Truevision)

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

Worldwide (Reuters, SNTV)

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SS11 – Al-Khor 2 – 18.18km.


LUSAIL (Qatar): Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah cruised through the final six gravel special stages of the Manateq Qatar International Rally to seal a convincing victory on Saturday.

A record-breaking 14th victory in his home event also marked a remarkable 70th MERC victory in the 211-event history of the FIA Middle East Rally Championships since 1984. His French co-driver Matthieu Baumel duly claimed his third win in Qatar and a career 18th in the MERC.

The success also marked the first outright FIA championship rally win for Volkswagen’s Polo GTI R5 that made its debut at the WRC in Spain last October and claimed WRC 2 success in Sweden in February with Norwegian driver Ole Christian Veiby. Customer Polos have already won national events in Belgium, Norway, Sweden and Latvia this year



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Mucho trabajo, preparativos para el armado de la edición 124 de nuestra publicación RRM Argentina y además muy felices con la estupenda aceptación de miles de seguidores en nuestras fanpages en las redes sociales.  Mucho agradecimiento y confianza para seguir por más en todos los aspectos de la información en la actividad a nivel nacional e internacional.


4 de Febrero 2015

Hola Amigos & fans, les quiero agradecer profundamente su seguimiento diario, mediante mis informes, fotos, links de mis fanpages de trabajo, de teams, drivers, videos y todo lo relacionado con la actividad que nos apasiona, y nos une en cada jornada, el RALLY, en especial el WRC. Llegamos juntos a 11.000 friends que comparten esta pasión, y labor junto a mí.

Los quiero mucho, un fuerte abrazo y vámos por más.
Les entrego esta emocionante foto de uno de mis autos favoritos, diría de leyenda el Subaru Impreza WRC 555 que tripulaban en el Rally de Cataluña en España 2002, el vikingo noruego Petter Solberg y su navegante galés Phil Mills junto a la histórica empresa británica Prodrive, bajo el apoyo económico desde Mitaka en Tokio en Japón by STI.

A menos de 10 días del Rally blanco de Suecia, con mucha expectativa para volver a ver a los mejores exponentes del WRC en los caminos forestales nórdicos, les dejamos una foto recordatoria de la edición 1995 con el Impreza 555 de Grupo A que intervinieron en esa instancia en el equipo azul de Prodrive, el español Carlos Sainz, el recordado escocés Colin McRae y el local Mat Jonsson.


All The Best.



Hello Friends & fans, thank you deeply I want their daily tracking, by my reports, photos, links of my fanpages work, teams, drivers, videos and everything related to the activity that we love, and unites us in every day, RALLY, especially the WRC. We came together to 11,000 friends who share this passion, and work with me.

I love them dearly, a big hug and go for more.
I give this exciting picture of one of my favorite cars, say legendary Subaru Impreza WRC 555 who manned the Rally of Catalonia in Spain 2002, the Norwegian the Viking Petter Solberg and his Welsh navigator Phil Mills beside the historic British company Prodrive, under the financial support from Mitaka in Tokyo in Japan by STI.









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Los dos eximios fotógrafos se reunieron en Salou, para revivir su historia en el WRC, preparando todo para la cobertura de la 50 edición del Rally mixto catalán.



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Esperando el Rally RACC Catalunya – Rally de España se encontraron en Salou para conversar de las vivencias del pasado y actuales que tienen hoy en día en el Motorsport en el plano global ambos con su esencia de buenas personas y con gran capacidad de lavoro, tomando las mejores imagénes de la actividad en el deporte del motor.
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