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Jari-Matti Latvala wins three from six stages in Wales Rally GB

Updated: Saturday, 16 Nov 2013 18:08 | Comments

Jari-Matti Latvala
Jari-Matti Latvala

Volkswagen's Jari-Matti Latvala claimed three stage wins from today's six stages at the season-ending Wales Rally GB.

Latvala claimed three consecutive victories on special stages 12 to 14 after Andreas Mikkelsen claimed the fastest time in the opening two outings of the day.

World rally champion Sebastian Ogier, who had dominated Friday's rallying with four wins from six, failed to win a stage, with Thierry Neuville taking SS16.

However, Ogier will take a 20-second lead into the final day of the Rally GB on Sunday.

"Sometimes you really get a big kick when you do a good stage," Latvala told wrc.com.

"Ogier has been really quick but he is also human and he cannot do a perfect run in every stage."

Russia's Evgeny Novikov crashed out when he lost control of his Ford Fiesta RS on a fast right bend six kilometres after the start of the 21.90km Dyfi stage.

Robert Kubica also crashed out on Saturday's second stage, blaming a pace-note misunderstanding for his misfortune which could end his rally.

"We hit big rock but I think we just had a misunderstanding in the pace notes," Kubica said.

"In a place where I should be braking I was still flat, and by the time I saw the corner it was too late. I tried to recover, but the speed difference was too big. We had a sort of blackout in communication."

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