A round-up of the stories that are making the news in the WRC today
Volkswagen driver Jari-Matti Latvala has fulfilled a lifelong dream by securing a rally victory at the wheel of an Audi quattro. The Finn won the two-day Lahti Historic Rally in Finland at the weekend for the third time. It was his second outing in the 1982 Group 4 quattro, and a chance to set the record straight after a broken gear lever lost him the lead of the Rally Estonia Historic three weeks ago.
“By letting me drive the Audi quattro, Volkswagen have allowed me to fulfil a lifelong dream. It was simply fantastic,” said Latvala. “I'm now going into the Rally Germany with a victory under my belt.” Jari-Matti has shared this amazing on-board camera footage of Stage seven in Lahti. Maxing out at 168kph between the trees is hypnotic stuff...
Citroen drivers Mikko Hirvonen and Dani Sordo have been pounding German asphalt in preparation for Rally Deutschland later this month. The duo tested the DS3 World Rally Car on vineyard roads in the Mosel district and at the military vehicle testing ground at Baumholder.
The developers of the official FIA World Rally Championship videogame have revealed a first glimpse of the latest version, WRC 4, which will go on sale later this year. The video trailer gives a detailed view of one of the game’s star cars - the 2013-spec Citroen DS3 as driven by Mikko Hirvonen, Sebastien Loeb and Dani Sordo. The second part of the video shows the first in-game footage of WRC 4, featuring Loeb’s DS3 on the snowy stages of Rally Sweden. Click here to watch it.
The game will be available in October for PlayStation®3, PlayStation®Vita, Xbox 360 and Windows PC®.