02 Mar 08
Ford’s Jari-Matti Latvala says that despite losing the chance to fight for the lead of Rally Mexico, he achieved his goal for the event.
Latvala, who led after Friday's opening action, started the final day in third after a turbo pipe problem on Saturday afternoon. With no pressure from behind and no chance of making progress up the leaderboard, the 22-year-old Finn paced himself through the final three special stages but was still fastest on the opening stage to secure a podium finish.
"It's an important result for me and it's a good result for the team and our championship challenge," he said. "I achieved my goal of being on the podium and it's just a shame we had a problem yesterday when fighting for the lead. But if I think about things closely, it has been a good weekend and I don't have any complaints. The best aspect was being able to challenge Loeb and match his times and I hope I can get just as close to him in the future because I had good speed this weekend."