Jari-Matti Latvala wins the Wales Rally GB

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 15, 2011

Jari-Matti Latvala is the winner of the 2011 World Rally season in Great Britain. The title fight had an early resolution when the Ford vehicle that Mikko Hirvonen was driving had retired after its radiator was damaged in a spin. Up to this point, Hirvonen and Sebastien Loeb were closely competing with each other for the lead. With Hirvonen's departure, Loeb became confident that he was going to win his eight consecutive championship.

But Latvala dared to challenge Loeb and he took the lead on Saturday. He largely benefited when Loeb’s rally ended after it bumped with a road car. Latvala later won with a gap of almost four minutes.

Latvala said that it is a “great feeling” because his last win was 1.5 years ago and he has been stressed and frustrated ever since. He added that this is a “great, great way to finish the season."

Mads Ostberg, the Stobart Ford driver, ranked second. He was able to beat Petter Solberg when the Citroen suffered a puncture last Friday. And on Saturday, Solberg's rally ended due to a broken fuel pipe. Ostberg was able to reach the finish line easily even after having had an engine issue earlier.

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