Wednesday | 02 Apr 2014

Latvala fastest at Portugal shakedown

Jari-Matti Latvala was fastest through this afternoon’s Vale Judeu shakedown test at Rally de Portugal.

The Finn posted fastest time in a Volkswagen Polo R on his second run through the 4.98km test.

He had a comfortable 1.9sec margin over team-mate Sébastien Ogier until Henning Solberg came within 0.8sec of usurping Latvala on his fourth run in a Pirelli-shod Ford Fiesta RS.

The sun was shining throughout the session, but after days of rain the stage remained wet in places.

“The car felt very good I was very happy with its general handing," Latvala told “The stage was not exactly muddy but the ground was a bit damp, so we were running the soft tyre and the grip was good in these conditions.”

Times for the top drivers were:

1Jari-Matti Latvala3min 05.2sec
2Henning Solberg+ 0.8sec
3Sebastien Ogier+ 1.9sec
4Dani Sordo+ 2.6sec
5Mikko Hirvonen+ 3.1sec
6Juho Hanninen+ 3.2sec
7Thierry Neuville+ 3.3sec
8Robert Kubica+ 5.0sec
9Mads Ostberg+ 5.1sec
10Andreas Mikkelsen+ 5.3sec
=11Ott Tanak+ 5.6sec
=11Kris Meeke+ 5.6sec
13Khalid Al Qassimi+ 8.1sec
14Elfyn Evans + 11.1sec
15Martin Prokop+ 12.9sec

Times for the top drivers were:

Behind Ogier, Dani Sordo was fourth on his first gravel outing in Hyundai’s i20. The Spaniard’s first run was hampered by a handbrake problem, but after repairs in service he set the quickest time of Hyundai’s three-car squad.

Mikko Hirvonen and Juho Hanninen completed the top six.