The man that was voted as most desired to be seen in the British and Finnish versions of Playgirl, is this year pretty much on par with Inessa Tushkanova.
As much as everyone loves Jerry Matt, especially the ladies it seems, he hasn’t been performing as his hype would suggest.
So, time for a little bit of history on the how’s and why’s of why Latvala is just another underachieving Finn in the WRC. Once upon a time, in a WRC far, far away there was a breed if Finnish drivers who seriously kicked ass (can I say that Ed?), think back to the 70’s, the 80’s and even still into the 90’s and 00’s Finn’s were are at the forefront of the WRC. Around the early 00’s a new breed was emerging onto the scene, look, I am not expert in the Finnish education system, if such a thing still exists, or if they made it harder to obtain a high school education, but since this time, Finland has produced nothing but over hyped, car destroying, whinging, sooky drivers.
Our friend Jerry Matt, or if you prefer the Finnish; Jari-Matti, has year after year failed to deliver on the promises of his speed and Finnishness, and more often than not, he has indeed failed to finish. One of my theories, based on historical data, and excluding a 9 times world champion, would prove something clearly obvious, without a doubt, but that’s for my next blog.
So simply put, Latvala doesn’t have the goods, before he blamed the Ford Fiesta and prior to that the Focus, now he has the best car out there and is being beaten well and truly (not Mosley style) by a superbug, flu riddled Seb Ogier. This is the make or break year, like when McRae signed for Citroen, this is it, next year may see Jari-Matti driving a works Hyundai (will they be the Skoda of 2014?)
Ok, and one more thing, Latvala had new specs for Portugal, sure he missed the rocks, or did he? Trying too hard on the final day to hold off his ex-teammate, he broke the car, again. Jerry Matt, you’ll never outdo Neuville in the fashionable specs race!