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Ford's Latvala headed for VW

2012-10-18 08:12

Jari-Matti Latvala will leave the Ford rally team and drive for Volkswagen in the 2013 World Rally championship.

Latvala, who has been with Ford for five years and was the world championship runner-up in 2010, will join driver Sebastien Ogier at Volkswagen.

FORD QUITS WRC

Latvala said: "It wasn't easy for me to say goodbye. At the same time, I see the change as a personal new beginning."

Ford announced that it was withdrawing support from the WRC at the end of 2012.

Latvala and co-driver Mikka Antila are third overall in the standings with Sebastien Loeb having already clinched his ninth title in a row for Citroen.

Loeb will not be defending his championship in 2013.

Reuters