Latvala fastest in Portugal shakedown

Thursday 3rd April, 2014 - 6:46am


Latvala quickest in shakedown in Portugal

Latvala quickest in shakedown in Portugal

Jari-Matti Latvala has set the benchmark time in the pre-event shakedown ahead of the Rally de Portugal, with Henning Solberg a surprise in second aboard a Ford.

With the opening ceremonial start to take place in Estoril and superspecial stage in Lisbon; both which are many hours away from the event’s stages, the shakedown was held a day earlier than at most events.

“The car felt very good I was very happy with its general handing,” said Latvala.

“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.”

Latvala was 0.8 seconds faster than Henning Solberg who is making his first appearance in a World Rally Car since the 2011 Rally GB. The Norwegian used the moment to confirm his entry in the World Rallycross.

Latvala’s team-mate and last weekend’s winner at the Fafe Rally Sprint, Sebastien Ogier, was third fastest with Dani Sordo’s Hyundai fourth.

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

 TIMES: Rally de Portugal – Shakedown

Position Driver Car Time
1 Jari-Matti Latvala VW 3m05.2s
2 Henning Solberg M-Sport Ford +0.8s
3 Sebastien Ogier VW +1.9s
4 Dani Sordo Hyundai +2.6s
5 Mikko Hirvonen M-Sport Ford +3.1s
6 Juho Hanninen Hyundai +3.2s
7 Thierry Neuville Hyundai +3.3s
8 Robert Kubica M-Sport Ford +5.0s
9 Mads Ostberg Citroen +5.1s
10 Andreas Mikkelsen VW +5.3s


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