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    http://eldoce.tv/deportes/robo-cordo...eguridad_64547

    Seems some WRC Promoter people were robbed at gunpoint in Cordoba.

    I'm sure that will be well received.....

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    Latvala abandons 2018 WRC title challenge, aims for event wins


    Jari-Matti Latvala has ditched his World Rally Championship title challenge and will now focus on winning individual events in 2018.

    The Toyota driver made a good start to his new plan with the fastest time in Thursday's shakedown stage for this weekend's Rally Argentina.

    It is now 15 rallies since the Latvala's last victory (Rally Sweden, 2017), which represents his longest gap between wins since his triumph in the '11 Rally GB ended a run of 18 events with no success.

    "It's been a long time since I was winning a rally, [so] on the personal level it's really important for me to win here," Latvala told Autosport.

    "Before the last rally in Corsica, I was thinking a lot about the championship, but now I'm thinking more like: 'let's go rally-by-rally and focus on what we can do with the events starting from here'.

    "I'm happy with the start here. We worked on the traction from the car at the pre-event test in Sardinia and that has worked well."

    Latvala admitted the pressure on him was growing as his Toyota team-mates Ott Tanak and Esapekka Lappi continued to show more and more speed in their Yaris WRCs.

    "Ott Tanak and Esapekka have been doing really well and the competition level is higher now," he said.

    "Sometimes pressure can be good also because it pushes you to a better performance."

    Latvala headed Citroen pair Craig Breen and Kris Meeke across the three-mile shakedown stage, beating them by three and four-tenths respectively.

    After he returned to action for the first time since finishing second in Sweden, Breen was delighted with taking second in the shakedown.

    "It's great to be back in my C3 WRC, especially as the feeling was good right from the word go this morning," he said.

    "I feel we have a good package to challenge at the front this weekend.

    "Although I may lack experience on this unusual surface, I'm going to give it everything and make the most of my good road position tomorrow."

    Meeke was slightly more circumspect, adding: "Although you should never draw any hasty conclusions based on the shakedown, it's always positive to start the racing weekend like this.

    "I was comfortable in my C3 WRC today and the times reflected that.

    "I just hope it'll be the same thing when we start racing, but the opening leg is going to be a huge challenge on extremely fast and bumpy roads that are very demanding."

    Andreas Mikkelsen was fourth fastest, with Tanak and Thierry Neuville close behind.

    Championship leader Sebastien Ogier was the fastest Ford Fiesta WRC driver in seventh, 1.5-seconds off Latvala's pace.

    Rally Argentina starts with a dash around the streets of Villa Carlos Paz on Thursday evening.

    The main action starts south of the service park on the roads around San Agustin.


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    Whatever you need to tell yourself Jari...


    He was talking pre-season about how aiming for a podium every rally was the route to the title - like Ogier last year. Now it's win or bust. Sad really but I don't see him winning another WRC event. Even when the Yaris is the strongest car he'll have at least one, probably two teammates driving quicker.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Simmi View Post
    Whatever you need to tell yourself Jari...


    He was talking pre-season about how aiming for a podium every rally was the route to the title - like Ogier last year. Now it's win or bust. Sad really but I don't see him winning another WRC event. Even when the Yaris is the strongest car he'll have at least one, probably two teammates driving quicker.
    I have faith in him racking up more wins. He's quick, although he hasn't showed it this year, I suppose due to his consistency plan. In Finland last year he was unbeatable and before he crashed he'd been putting in a massive push. He also nearly won the Mexico PS.

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    And yet he has only one SS win at this point. I hope he gets his mojo back also, but ...

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    didnt he have the same thinking in 2016? i remember that at one year he said the same thing after some rounds but i dont remember how it worked out.

    and the thing that always makes me scratching my head is why Jari always says such things in public.
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    Quote Originally Posted by steve.mandzij View Post
    I have faith in him racking up more wins. He's quick, although he hasn't showed it this year, I suppose due to his consistency plan. In Finland last year he was unbeatable and before he crashed he'd been putting in a massive push. He also nearly won the Mexico PS.
    Didnít crash in Finland.

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    Apart from 2014, his seasons have never really turned out to be championship contending. He'll win a few more rallies, like he always has done, before his retirement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnttiL View Post
    Didnít crash in Finland.
    I know, my mistake, I thought I'd written "in Corsica"

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    Trivia question: has there ever been a rally with all the top drivers under rally2? If not, what was the highest amount of restarting cars?

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