Latvala excited about asphalt challenge at Rallye de France

Jari-Matti Latvala is looking for a third win in the Rallye de France after winning the last two years in Alsace and Corsica.

The Finnish Volkswagen driver must drop as few points as possible due to his disappointing result in Germany last time out.

No more than three points dropped in the last four rallies of the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship season will keep Latvala and his co-driver Miikka Anttila in contention for the championship.

Latvala said “I have won the last two rallies in France, and am obviously hoping for a good result again this year. I like driving on the asphalt in Corsica. The surface is very rough and also quite bumpy in places.

“You cannot cut the corners so much. That means that you get less dirt on the roads and the grip level is consistently high. I like asphalt rallies like this one, so I am really looking forward to Corsica.

“The routes there have a huge number of corners, and there are actually no straights longer than 150 metres. I think that will suit me. There are only a few stages, but they are very long. Tyre management can be crucial on such long stages.”