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Sunday 25 February 2018

Latvala wins the Acropois Rally in Greece

Jari-Matti Latvala earned his first win of this season's World Rally Championship and the eighth of his career after taking victory in the Acropolis Rally.

The Finn finished one minute, 50 seconds ahead of Spaniard Dani Sordo with Thierry Neuville of Belgium taking third spot - only the second podium finish of his career - 2mins, 14secs adrift of Latvala.

Norweigian Andreas Mikkelsen, who won three of today's four stages, earned a career-best fourth with Qatar's Nasser Al-Attiyah completing the top five.

Today's success was Latvala's maiden victory in a Volkswagen Polo R following his switch from Ford, with whom he finished third in last year's WRC.

It also marked 10 years since Latvala made his WRC debut as an 18-year-old in the Greek really.

He said on www.wrc.com: "It feels amazing. It was a tough start to the season and this was an important moment.

"It's 10 years ago since I drove my first rally in a World Rally car and it has taken me all that time to win here. Yesterday I wasn't thinking about winning, but this morning I thought about it a lot, especially in the last stage."

Sordo's second place was his best finish of the season and he said: "After all the problems I've had in other rallies this year, this one was so good and it will give me a lot of confidence."

Latvala moves up to second in the WRC standings on 74 points, with Frenchman Sebastien Ogier leading the way on 126 points.

Ogier only finished 10th overall in Greece but collected an extra three points by winning the final Power Stage.

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