Last rally for VW under the blazing sun of Australia
Last rally of Jari-Matti’s career in Volkswagen ended up in ninth place. Change to fight for the podium of the rally were wrecked to breakage of suspension on the first day.
-The third corner of the first stage was the place with sixth gear over the bridge. I went there with full throttle and just hold with the brake, but the rim hitted to concrete, Latvala said.
The hit broked the support part between support arm and tire, drive shaft was loosen. Latvala has to drive several stage with only front whell drive before the service.
These problems dropped Latvala over seven minutes off the lead. Unless the change to the highest positions were gone, Latvala pointed out that he could have been competing for the victory in this rally, without this misfortune.
In Rally Australia biggest challenge for the drivers was +30 degrees temperature and 50 kilometres long Nambucca marathon stage.
–Sometimes I was driving too aggressively and the tyres were very worned out, Latvala summed up.
Latvala drove fastest stage times in rally Australia. Andreas Mikkelsen won and Sebastien Ogier was second in this last rally of VW.