Latvala dominates morning stages at Rally Oz

Jari-Matti Latvala is now the one to catch at Rally Australia

Jari-Matti Latvala has dominated the second morning of Rally Australia winning all four stages to grab the lead from his Ford team-mate Mikko Hirvonen.

Latvala started the day seven seconds behind his countryman, but by the lunchtime service he had turned that into a 17.2-second advantage.

“I’m enjoying the driving at the moment, it’s feeling absolutely fantastic,” said Latvala.

“I’m lucky with my road position because Mikko is cleaning and it’s getting more difficult for Petter [Solberg behind me].”

Also enjoying an outstanding morning is Australia’s Brendan Reeves who climbed into the top-10 in his Production Class Subaru and even set the fastest time in his category on the third stage of the day.

“I’m really enjoying the fast and flowing roads of day two,” said Reeves.

“The set-up of the car is starting to come together. We will regroup now at service and go out again over the same stages.”

All of this morning’s stages are repeated this afternoon before another two runs over the Castrol EDGE Super Stage in Coffs Harbour.

 

Rally Australia leader board end of SS14

Pos

Driver

Car

Model

Time

1

Jari-Matti Latvala

Ford

Fiesta WRC

1:58:17.3

2

Mikko Hirvonen

Ford

Fiesta WRC

+0:17.2

3

Petter Solberg

Citroen

DS3 WRC

+1:02.8

4

Henning Solberg

Ford

Fiesta WRC

+3:29.0

5

Matthew Wilson

Ford

Fiesta WRC

+4:31.0

6

Khalid Al Qassimi

Ford

Fiesta WRC

+7:07.4

7

Michael Kosciuszko

Mitsubishi

Lancer Evo X

+9:56.1

8

Hayden Paddon

Subaru

Impreza WRX

+10:45.7

9

Oleksandr Saliuk

Mitsubishi

Lancer Evo IX

+11:22.5

10

Brendan Reeves

Subaru

Impreza WRX

+11:38.4

 

 

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