Jari-Matti Latvala commented on his sensational success at the Rally Sweden last weekend.
Finn, who led his second race behind the wheel of the Toyota Yaris WRC, during the first half of the race was the main rival of Hyundai driver Thierry Neuville, and before the mistake of the Belgian on the final special stage of Saturday took the lead and kept it until the end phase.
For Toyota this was the first success after returning to the world rally championship since 1999.
“I’m very happy – quotes Latvala Crash.net. – Win with a new team in a new car in the second rally…. I have no words. I think on Sunday I drove my best bonus stage in his career. Huge thanks to the whole team. Now we are very motivated and will try to continue in the same spirit. I very much look forward to the next phase in Mexico.
Of course, it’s great to win, but at the same time, I’m sorry Thierry Neuville, who lost the lead on the final special stage on Saturday. In the past I myself was in a similar situation, so understand his feelings. We know that we are fortunate, therefore, need to continue to progress and work to achieve our goal.”
The head of Toyota Gazoo Racing Tommi Makinen added: “it’s difficult to find words to Express their feelings. The result of the Rally Monte Carlo was a big surprise, but the success exceeded all expectations.
Of course, the role played by luck, but also need to pay tribute to the talent of Jari-Matti and the efforts of the whole team in Finland, Germany and Japan.
It’s an incredible feeling, and I just want to thank everybody who made this success possible, as well as the President Akio Toyoda for believing in us.
This special day we will remember for a long time, but at the same time we must remain calm and continue to work hard as always.”
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