Jari-Matti Latvala ends Sebastien Ogier's winning start to season

06 March 2016 11:23

Jari-Matti Latvala clinched his maiden Mexico Rally title on Sunday.

The Finn finished one minute and five seconds ahead of world champion Sebastien Ogier, his Volkswagen team-mate, and Hyundai's Dani Sordo, who was a further two-and-a-half minutes back.

After failing to pick up any points in this season's first two rounds in Monte Carlo and Sweden, both won by Ogier, Latvala dominated in Mexico, winning 11 of the 21 stages.

H took a 1min 35secs advantage into final day and was comfortable throughout, despite Ogier clawing back 25.3secs on the 50-mile Guanajuato stage - the longest in the World Rally Championship stage since 1986 - and another 5.4secs on the final power stage.

Triple world champion Ogier dropped points for the first time in 2016 but still leads the overall standings with 77 points with Norwegian duo Mads Ostberg (39 points) and Andreas Mikkelsen (33) in second and third respectively.

Latvala told wrc.com: "This is a fightback and it's a fantastic feeling. I had such a difficult start to the season with two rallies and zero points. My mind wasn't so good and this hasn't been a strong rally for me in the past, but I drove with no problems."

Source: PA