Lat­vala hop­ing for Ogier woe in ti­tle fight

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Jari-matti Lat­vala starts this week’s Rally Ar­gentina hop­ing to fur­ther his Volk­swa­gen team-mate Se­bastien Ogier’s mis­er­able run in South Amer­ica.

The cham­pi­onship-lead­ing French­man has never won in Villa Car­los Paz, a record Lat­vala wants to fur­ther on Sun­day.

“I don’t think Ar­gentina is one of Seb’s favourite ral­lies,” Lat­vala told MN. “I know he will be very de­ter­mined this week, he’s so com­pet­i­tive and he will want to win again af­ter miss­ing [out on the win] in Mex­ico, where he is al­ways strong.”

Lat­vala edged Ogier last time out in Leon to nar­row his deficit to the world cham­pion to 50 points – this time last year he was 62 be­hind.

“I have a bet­ter feel­ing for Ar­gentina,” said Lat­vala. “Mex­ico has been dif­fi­cult for me in the past. I have to do what I can, but ba­si­cally I’m not so wor­ried about Seb.”

If it stays dry, Ogier will face a tough task to take his first South Amer­i­can win in seven starts.

“I will do my best to im­prove my record and win here for the first time,” said Ogier, who has been sec­ond twice and lost his chance to fight for the win with a first-stage en­gine prob­lem aboard his Polo R WRC last sea­son. “This is the only rally we’ve done on the cal­en­dar that I haven’t won, it would be nice to put that right.”

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