Latvala Leads Volkswagen 1-2-3 in Portugal


The final day of the 2015 Rally de Portugal has finished, and Jari-Matti Latvala has won the event, ahead of Volkswagen Motorsport teammates Sébastien Ogier and Andreas Mikkelsen.

Day four started at Fafe, and Ogier won the stage, setting a time 1.7 seconds faster than the eventual winner, closing the overall gap to 7.8 seconds. The penultimate test of the rally was SS15, and held at Vieira do Minho, in which Latvala once again set the quickest time, removing any progress that his teammate had made on him previously.

At 11:08, the Power Stage started, and was another run of Fafe. Ogier set the fastest time, 2.2 seconds ahead of Latvala. However, the Frenchman’s time was no-where near fast enough to take the overall win, and so Jari-Matti Latvala comes away from Portugal as the winner.

With a time of 3:30:35.3, Jari-Matti Latvala won 2015 Rally de Portugal. In second was Sébastien Ogier, 8.2 seconds slower. Rounding out an all-Volkswagen podium is Andreas Mikkelsen, 28.6 seconds behind. Citroën’s Kris Meeke came home fourth, ahead of Ott Tänak, Dani Sordo, Mads Østberg and Hayden Paddon. The top-10 was completed by Robert Kubica and Martin Prokop.

The next event in the 2015 FIA World Rally Championship will be Rally d’Italia Sardegna, and is set to take place on June 12-14.