Latvala tops Poland shakedown, Paddon makes strong start

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FINLAND’S JARI-MATTI LATVALA WAS FASTEST IN SHAKEDOWN FOR LOTOS 71ST RALLY POLAND ON THURSDAY MORNING.

Driving a Volkswagen Polo R, he was quickest over the 4.70km test close to the rally’s Mikolajki base by 0.5sec from Mads Ostberg’s Citroen DS3. Latvala’s team-mate, Andreas Mikkelsen, was a further tenth of a second back.

Latvala’s fastest time came on his fourth pass, having acclimatised to the lightning quick Polish roads earlier in the morning.

“The stage was pretty fast on a wide road and similar to the event itself, except it didn’t have any narrow parts,”he said. “It took time to get used to the speed, but I did some runs to get the feeling and when I did the fourth run it felt normal.”

Latvala began with his base set-up on the Polo R before increasingly stiffening the suspension and dampers.

Fourth and just 0.2sec behind Mikkelsen was championship leader Sébastien Ogier, who completed just the minimum two runs. Kris Meeke was fifth in another DS3 and Robert Kubica delighted his home fans with sixth fastest time in his Ford Fiesta RS.

Times for the World Rally Car drivers were:

POSITIONDRIVERTIME
1Jari-Matti Latvala1min 59.3sec
2Mads Ostberg+ 0.5sec
3Andreas Mikkelsen+ 0.6sec
4Sébastien Ogier+ 0.8sec
5Kris Meeke+ 1.4sec
6=Robert Kubica+ 2.2sec
6=Thierry Neuville+ 2.2sec
8Henning Solberg+ 2.4sec
9Juho Hänninen+ 3.1sec
10Hayden Paddon+ 3.2sec
11Mikko Hirvonen+ 3.7sec
12Martin Prokop+ 3.8sec
13Elfyn Evans+ 4.3sec
14Michal Solowow+ 4.7sec
15Krzystof Holowczyc+ 5.4sec

Latvala tops Poland shakedown, Paddon makes strong start

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