ELEC­TRIC RAL­LY­CROSS CAR STUNS ON COM­PET­I­TIVE DE­BUT

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Motor Sport News - - Rally News - IM­PLI­CA­TIONS What now for driv­ers An­dreas Mikkelsen and Jari-matti Lat­vala? What about this Volk­swa­gen Polo R5 car? May 4, 2011

It’s quite pos­si­ble they will find em­ploy­ment at two of the three teams that Ogier doesn’t join. The nat­u­ral as­sump­tion is that Lat­vala will join what’s fast be­com­ing a Fin­nish su­perteam at Toy­ota, which would leave Mikkelsen at M-sport or Citroen.

Sources clos­est to the teams have in­di­cated a pref­er­ence for Mikkelsen, given his younger age and po­ten­tially lower salary de­mands. Lat­vala has strug­gled with more me­chan­i­cal is­sues than any other fac­tory Polo R WRC this sea­son and his cur­rent po­si­tion of sixth in the driv­ers’ cham­pi­onship won’t be en­dear­ing him to em­ploy­ers.

It’s in­creas­ingly clear, how­ever, that this could well drag on into next month – with the clos­ing date for Monte Carlo Rally en­tries and FIA driver nom­i­na­tions bring­ing mat­ters to a con­clu­sion in the mid­dle of De­cem­ber.

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