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Jari-Matti Latvala

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Info

Nationality:  FIN
Date of Birth: 03.04.1985
Age: 34
Birthplace: Töysä
First Rally: 2002, Great Britain
Rally Wins: 18
Website: www.jmlatvala.com

Season 2019

Classification: WRC
Car No: 10
Car: Toyota Yaris WRC
Team: Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team
Co-driver: Miikka Anttila
Points: 15
Standing: 9
Rally Wins: 0
Retirements: 0
Podiums: 0

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Here’s what makes him special:

• He has finished runner-up in the drivers’ championship three times

• The most experienced driver in the current WRC line-up and will overhaul Carlos Sainz at the top of the all-time start list in Sweden 2019.

• He’s polite and articulate, honest and open, especially when things aren’t going well

• A deep thinker, he has a tendency to over analyse his driving – and can be very hard on himself

The story so far

An early starter, Latvala began driving at the age of eight and competed on his first rally in Finland when he was 16. He made his WRC debut in 2002, aged 17, and in 2003 he drove a Ford Focus World Rally Car to 10th at the Acropolis Rally of Greece.

Three busy seasons followed in assorted two-wheel-drive, Group N and World Rally Cars until he hit the big time in 2007 with a 16-round programme at the Stobart Ford team.

Latvala was promoted to the factory Ford squad for 2008 and became the youngest driver to win a WRC rally when he took his maiden win in Sweden aged 22 years and 313 days. But as well as showing rally winning speed, Latvala’s season was plagued by driving errors.

There were more ups and downs in 2009. Ford stuck by its troubled driver, however, and Latvala secured a third term with the factory squad in 2010 when he shone by finishing runner-up in the standings.

In 2012 he became Ford’s team leader but it was a mixed season and as the manufacturer cut back its WRC involvement, Latvala left to become Sébastien Ogier’s team-mate at Volkswagen for 2013.

He finished runner-up behind Ogier in both 2014 and 2015 and after Volkswagen pulled the plug on its WRC activities at the end of 2016, Latvala joined Toyota Gazoo Racing, based in his home country. He duly repaid the team by scoring a memorable victory at Rally Sweden early in 2017, at only the squad’s second WRC event.

Latvala endured a disappointing start to the 2018 campaign. Three podiums in the final five rallies, including victory in the season-ending Australia fixture, turned around his season and helped Toyota Gazoo win the manufacturers’ title, as well as marking him out as a contender for 2019.

• He has finished runner-up in the drivers’ championship three times

• The most experienced driver in the current WRC line-up and will overhaul Carlos Sainz at the top of the all-time start list in Sweden 2019.

• He’s polite and articulate, honest and open, especially when things aren’t going well

• A deep thinker, he has a tendency to over analyse his driving – and can be very hard on himself

The story so far

An early starter, Latvala began driving at the age of eight and competed on his first rally in Finland when he was 16. He made his WRC debut in 2002, aged 17, and in 2003 he drove a Ford Focus World Rally Car to 10th at the Acropolis Rally of Greece.

Three busy seasons followed in assorted two-wheel-drive, Group N and World Rally Cars until he hit the big time in 2007 with a 16-round programme at the Stobart Ford team.

Latvala was promoted to the factory Ford squad for 2008 and became the youngest driver to win a WRC rally when he took his maiden win in Sweden aged 22 years and 313 days. But as well as showing rally winning speed, Latvala’s season was plagued by driving errors.

There were more ups and downs in 2009. Ford stuck by its troubled driver, however, and Latvala secured a third term with the factory squad in 2010 when he shone by finishing runner-up in the standings.

In 2012 he became Ford’s team leader but it was a mixed season and as the manufacturer cut back its WRC involvement, Latvala left to become Sébastien Ogier’s team-mate at Volkswagen for 2013.

He finished runner-up behind Ogier in both 2014 and 2015 and after Volkswagen pulled the plug on its WRC activities at the end of 2016, Latvala joined Toyota Gazoo Racing, based in his home country. He duly repaid the team by scoring a memorable victory at Rally Sweden early in 2017, at only the squad’s second WRC event.

Latvala endured a disappointing start to the 2018 campaign. Three podiums in the final five rallies, including victory in the season-ending Australia fixture, turned around his season and helped Toyota Gazoo win the manufacturers’ title, as well as marking him out as a contender for 2019.

Rally Classification Co-driver Rank Points
Rallye Monte-Carlo WRC Miikka Anttila 6. 10

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