An early starter, Jari Matti Latvala began driving at the age of eight and competed on his first rally in Finland when he was 16. He made his WRC debut in 2002, aged 17, and in 2003 he drove a Ford Focus World Rally Car to 10th at the Acropolis Rally of Greece.
Three busy seasons followed in assorted two-wheel-drive, Group N and World Rally Cars until he hit the big time in 2007 with a 16-round programme at the Stobart Ford team.
Jari Matti Latvala was promoted to the factory Ford squad for 2008 and became the youngest driver to win a WRC rally when he took his maiden win in Sweden aged 22 years and 313 days. But as well as showing rally winning speed, Latvala’s season was plagued by driving errors.