At only 22 years of age Jari-Matti Latvala has become the youngest ever driver to win a round in the World Rally Championship, eclipsing the late, great Henri Toivonen’s record when he won in 1980 at the RAC rally of Britain at the age of 24.

At only 22 years of age Jari-Matti Latvala has become the youngest ever driver to win a round in the World Rally Championship, eclipsing the late, great Henri Toivonen’s record when he won in 1980 at the RAC rally of Britain at the age of 24.

Latvala held his nerve through Sunday’s final five stages of the Swedish Rally to beat his team mate, Mikko Hirvonen by 58 seconds into 2nd place. Gigi Galli completed the podium in 3rd position to give Ford a clean sweep of this events podium positions.

Leading from the second of the rallies eighteen stages, Latvala showed a driving mentality far exceeding his age. His run was mistake free and he even won all six of the country special stages. Despite Lavala’s history making performance, it is his teammate, Mikko Hirvonen who now leads the driver’s points table by 10 points.

BP Ford Abu Dhabi team director Malcolm Wilson described the weekend as “a dream result and a special weekend”. We here at WorldCarFans tend to agree.

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