Jari-Matti Latvala and Pirelli fly to Finland glory

Jari-Matti Latvala and Pirelli fly to Finland glory

02.08.2010: Finlandís high-speed gravel stages, with their huge jumps and blind crests, are renowned as some of the most daunting in world rallying. They take years to master and only a select few drivers have triumphed on the event. Pirelli, the official tyre su

Finland’s high-speed gravel stages, with their huge jumps and blind crests, are renowned as some of the most daunting in world rallying. They take years to master and only a select few drivers have triumphed on the event.


Pirelli, the official tyre supplier to the World Rally Championship under a three-year agreement with motorsport’s world governing body, the FIA, has enjoyed its fair share of success on the breathtaking roads around host town Jyvaskyla and celebrated its 14th outright win in Finland at WRC level when Jari-Matti Latvala swept to victory over Sebastien Ogier in a tense finish.

“This is something I’ve been dreaming of since I was a small boy and to win my home event is a fantastic feeling, really amazing,” said Latvala. “The Pirelli tyres have been perfect and my Ford team has done really hard work so this victory is for them.”

Markku Alen, who won in Finland on five occasions using Pirelli tyres, was quick to praise the flying Latvala following his second win of the 2010 season in his factory Focus World Rally Car. “For us Finns this is the Finnish Grand Prix and maybe it is difficult to understand how important it is to win it unless you are Finnish,” said the former Lancia legend. “It will be a very special feeling for Jari-Matti because my wins in Finland were always special. He drove very well.”

Hannu Mikkola secured Pirelli’s first Finland success when he won in 1975 at the wheel of a Toyota Corolla. He said: “We’ve seen a very good fight and I know for me this was the rally I always wanted to win. Jari-Matti has really grown up with this win and I am also very pleased to see Ford winning again.”

Paul Hembery, Pirelli’s Motorsport Director, praised Latvala’s performance. He said:
“Along with Monte Carlo this is the one rally every driver wants to win when they’re growing up. He’s had to deal with a lot of pressure and always kept a level head. The stages require an all or nothing approach and Latvala has shown he has the speed and the temperament.”

Rally Finland marked the first time this season that Pirelli has supplied its soft compound Scorpion tyre to the WRC field. It is designed to provide optimum grip in cooler and damp conditions. Although the ambient temperature rose to 37 degrees in the build up to the rally (the highest recorded in Finland since 1914) it began to dip with rain falling on Thursday and Friday night.

“We have been very pleased with the performance of our soft compound Scorpion tyre here,” said Matteo Braga, Pirelli’s senior WRC tyre engineer. “We’ve had no issues whatsoever and the tyres have remained consistent even though we had different conditions with wet and dry weather.”

- Pirelli -    photo Willy Weyens

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02.08.2010 / MaP

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