Neste Oil Rally Finland: Jari-Matti Latvala leads but only just
Last Updated: 02/08/14 8:40pm
Jari-Matti Latvala retained his lead of the Neste Oil Rally Finland but saw it dramatically cut on Saturday as his Volkswagen team-mate Sebastien Ogier finished just 3.4 seconds adrift.
Finland's Latvala began the day with a 19.7-second advantage at the top and extended it to 31.1 seconds after taking five wins from six stages, but he then hit a hole on SS20, breaking the front right brake caliper on his Polo R.
France's Ogier took advantage, winning that stage and the final three of the day as well while Latvala drove with just three brakes, to set up a thrilling sprint to the finish on Sunday.
"I had to hold on," Latvala said on www.wrc.com. "I've worked so hard and I didn't come here to lose this rally.
"We'll get the car fixed in service and tomorrow we're in the fight for victory.
"I don't care so much about the world championship right now, this is about Rally Finland."
Ogier is currently overall leader in the World Rally Championship on 166 points, while second-placed Latvala has 116.