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Latvala Tempest Rally preview

Finland's youngest rising rally star, Jari-Matti Latvala, is looking for a top placing at this Sunday's South of England Tempest Rally, the final round of Pirelli British Championship season. The 18-year old is hoping for a rewarding outing...

Finland's youngest rising rally star, Jari-Matti Latvala, is looking for a top placing at this Sunday's South of England Tempest Rally, the final round of Pirelli British Championship season. The 18-year old is hoping for a rewarding outing behind the wheel of his M-Sport prepared Ford Focus RS WRC at this compact, mixed-surface event, which is based near Aldershot in the Home Counties.

"I did the rally last year, when it was still a two-day event known as the Tempest Stages and I remember the stages being very good. There have been quite a few modifications for this year's event, however I am sure it will offer as much variety and excitement as it has in the past," he said.

"The mix of asphalt and gravel is a good test for me and last year the road cut up quite a bit after the first run through the stages, so we will be mindful of this as we do the recce. With such a compact event and short competitive stages you simply can't afford to make a mistake as it is virtually impossible to make up any lost time," said Latvala.

This event marks the close of a mixed British season for the young Finn, who has been touted as 'one to watch' by spectators and competitors alike after impressive outings during the season. "I am very disappointed that this is our last BRC event, particularly as we seem to have the car running perfectly. I've had some good results lately and the whole package is coming together well. It seems ironic that we are finally getting to grips with everything and the season is about to end." he said.

Latvala does have one final outing in his M-Sport prepared Focus this year, the Wales Rally of GB, when the youngster will join his Ford BP Rallye Sport colleagues for the final round of the 2003 FIA World Rally Championship.

"I'm very excited to be returning to Wales, as that was my first ever WRC outing last year and as well as finishing 17th overall I was nominated as the best newcomer. The event will be my fourth rally in four weeks, so it will be quite tough and technical - thankfully I am young and fit," he added.

About the South of England Tempest, 26th October, 2003.

The Home Counties hosts the second running of The South of England Tempest Rally (formerly The Tempest Stages) on Sunday October 26.

Literally on the doorstep of London, The Tempest brings 'rallying to the chimney pots' with some stages less than a mile from the neighbouring towns of Aldershot, Farnborough and Farnham.

With reconnaissance, scrutiny and documentation all taking place on Saturday 25th October this allows for a full day of motor sport on Sunday 26th October.

The Main Rally will run over 14 special stages and 55 miles with a National B status event joining after the opening stages and finishing at SS13. Reconnaissance for the National A event will take place on Saturday 24th October.

The event will again be based at the Pegasus Village Service Park. Adjacent to Pegasus Village is the Rushmoor Arena Stage, a natural bowl providing spectators with a panoramic view of the 1-mile stage that will run three times during the day.

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For further information please contact Lisa Franklin, M Sport Ltd, Office 01900 828 888,

Mobile 07736 373 166 or email lfranklin@m-sport.co.uk

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Series BRC
Drivers Jari-Matti Latvala
Teams M-Sport