Pace notes: Latvala must deliver now

Pace notes: Latvala must deliver now

As Poland's return to the world stage proved to be a diamond in the rough for our rallies editor David Evans, he takes a look back at the highlights and assess the dilemna facing Ford and Jari-Matti Latvala

Ford team principal Malcolm Wilson OBE stood lazily, almost absent-mindedly, shaking the bottle of champagne. The grin on his face was spreading by the second. This was the moment his drivers were going to over-turn a difficult first half of the season with a third consecutive maximum points score in the World Rally Championship.

Fifty-four points from three rallies is, in our world, the perfect 10. Hence the bubbly. Then, with seconds to go, the bubbles went flat, Jari-Matti Latvala biffed the suspension on his Focus and 54 points turned in to 46. Wilson's smile went south, too.

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