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Latvala claims second place in Shakedown at 2016 Tour de Corse

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Jari-Matti Latvala claimed second place in Shakedown at the 2016 Tour de Corse – Rallye de France.

The Volkswagen driver, who is fifth in the Drivers’ Standings, was nearly a second behind his championship-leading team-mate Sébastien Ogier, who topped the timesheets in Shakedown.

Latvala knows that if he drops no fewer than three points per rally for the last four rallies of the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship season, the Finn is still in contention for the championship.

The Finn said post-Shakedown “We had a really good test before the Rally France, but did not ultimately have time to try out all we wanted to with the set-up. We caught up with that today.

“By the end of the Shakedown we were really happy with our Polo R WRC and I think that was shown in our times. The route also gave us a good taste of what we can expect from the rally, although it was a little more tempting to cut the corners and throw mud onto the road than it will be tomorrow. All in all, it was a really good start to the rally.”

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