TIME FOR TEA? LATVALA IN AN OLD ESCORT
What do you do with your time off? If you're a Finnish rally driver the answer is 'more rallying'
Ken Block debate there is some sideways jumping in this video that'll make your hair turn grey, ditto four-wheel drifts inches away from any number of immovable objects (trees, telegraph poles, houses, etc) all handled with that uniquely Finnish combination of crazed speed and icy precision. You can't hear the pace notes but the assumption has to be that co-driver Asko Sairanen is simply repeating "keep it pinned ... dab of oppo ... keep it pinned ... dab of oppo" in a calm Finnish monotone for the entire length of the stage, which they covered at an average speed of 75.5mph and set the fastest time of the day.
You might not need to watch the full 13-minutes but, by heck, it's a hell of a ride. And going by his fanclub's Facebook page, and his own YouTube feed, Latvala is as down-to-earth and honest a petrolhead as you'd ever hope tomeet. No lounging in the sun in Monaco for him when he could be flat out in a Finnish forest, sideways in an endearingly 'patinated' old rally car. Here's hoping for more of the same from Harris and Prosser very soon!
Pics from the Jari-Matti Latvala Official Fan Club Facebook page