COLOGNE, Germany -- Jari-Matti Latvala says he feels prepared to fight for victory on some of the rougher gravel events of this year's FIA World Rally Championship.
The Finn, who topped the podium at the previous WRC round in Sweden last month, joined team-mate Petter Solberg for a research and development test in Fontjoncouse, France last week. The venue is a popular off-road test site and is famed for its punishing roads, which Latvala said were among the roughest he had ever driven on.
“The conditions have been extremely rough, but that has provided us with some very good information regarding the areas we need to focus upon,” said Latvala, in an interview with www.WRC.com
. “We tried out some development parts on the car, and they have received positive feedback. Overall, I would say the day was useful for all the rough gravel rallies this year.”
Solberg added: “I learned a lot about the Fiesta RS WRC, was able to try it out on another new surface and we now have a good base for the next test before Mexico. The car is fantastic - I’m very happy.”
The Ford World Rally Team is currently testing in the south of Spain in preparation for next week’s Rally Guanajuato Mexico.