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Change from Ford to VW: Latvala becomes second Polo driver

Change from Ford to VW
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N Just two days after Ford ended its factory involvement in the Announced the World Rally Championship, Jari-Matti Latvala also announced the departure from his long-term employer. The sympathetic glasses wearer from Finland will swap the 2013 Fiesta steering wheel for the VW Polo WRC cockpit.

'We are proud and very satisfied to have won Jari-Matti Latvala for our World Rally Championship project. He is one of the most prominent WRC drivers ever and has experience, aggressiveness and extraordinary speed, 'said Volkswagen Motorsport Director Jost Capito, explaining the new signing.

VW 2013 with Ogier and Latvala

The VW team boss used to be at Ford himself and can assess the abilities of his former protégé very well. 'I have known Jari-Matti since his early days in the World Rally Championship and have followed his development very closely. He is a real reinforcement for our team,' said Capito Ogier will drive the second Polo WRC when the Wolfsburg-based factory team really gets going in 2013. After the exits of Ford and Mini, Citroen will be the biggest opponent for the newcomer, even if Sebastien Loeb will no longer contest all the runs for the French.

Latvala dares a new start at VW

'The time at Ford was very valuable to me and I would like to thank everyone who has supported me there over the past few years - it was not easy to say goodbye. At the same time, I see the change as a personal new beginning. I made this decision to take a step towards my great goal to get closer: the world championship title with Volkswagen. '

Latvala has long been considered one of the greatest talents on the scene. But whenever he was close to achieving great success, the pilot, who comes from Töysä in western Finland, blocked all chances even with crashes. At Ford, he regularly drove the team leaders to despair due to minor lack of concentration. So far, Latvala has taken part in 115 World Championship races, stood 31 times on the podium and scored 612 World Championship points. Trusted since 2003he answered the announcements of his 40-year-old compatriot Miikka Anttila.


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