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Dad Jari completes
Latvala family double

While Jari-Matti Latvala was en route to a dominant victory at Rally Guanajuato Mexico last weekend, father Jari launched his own celebrations after winning the opening round of Germany’s Schotter Cup.

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Latvala senior wore his son’s Volkswagen Motorsport racesuit as he and Kari Mustalahti led from start-to-finish to win Rallye Wittenberg in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 3 in the one-day gravel championship event.

The 54-year-old Finn topped the times in the opening Woltersdorf test in his 20-year-old Lancer and despite losing 30 seconds after clipping a tree and stalling the engine during the second pass, he won by 55.2sec.

“This is a nice victory for me but the weekend will only be perfect if Jari-Matti does the same in Mexico,” said Latvala senior. Just a day later the younger Latvala secured his maiden win of the 2016 WRC season in the hot and dusty Mexican mountains.

“It’s a very special occasion,” said Latvala junior. “I think it’s the first time it’s happening, father and son winning on the same weekend.”

Pictures by Simon Stäudten

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