VW’s Latvala outmuscles teammate to take Rally Argentina

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Post Sebastien Loeb era, VW rules. Only it was Jari-Matti Latvala winning in Argentina, here sliding his Polo WRC, not teammate and reigning champion Sebastien Ogier. AFP PHOTO

Post Sebastien Loeb era, VW rules. Only it was Jari-Matti Latvala winning in Argentina, here sliding his Polo WRC, not teammate and reigning champion Sebastien Ogier. AFP PHOTO

VOLKSWAGEN’S Jari-Matti Latvala dominated world champion and teammate Sebastien Ogier, also in a VW Polo WRC, to win Rally Argentina.

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The 29-year-old Latvala claimed his second win of the season after also triumphing in Sweden by taking a 1 minute, 27 second win over Ogier.

Ogier was almost six minutes ahead of third-placed Kris Meeke in a Citroen.

“Last year I finished on the podium but I couldn’t dream to win here. It’s something special. I crashed in Portugal and there was a risk my self-confidence was down. If Ogier won, there was a chance the championship could become boring, but now we keep it alive,” Latvala said.

Ogier, who had won in Monte Carlo, Portugal and Mexico, still leads the championship by 24 points from Latvala.

The sixth round of the series takes place in Sardinia, Italy, on June 6 to 8.

AFP

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