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Rally Sweden: Jari-Matti Latvala says this is VW's first big test

Jari-Matti Latvala, VW, Monte Carlo 2013Volkswagen driver Jari-Matti Latvala says this week's Rally Sweden will provide the Polo R WRC with its first real test competitive engine test.

The team made a sensational debut on last month's Monte Carlo Rally, when Sebastien Ogier placed the Polo second overall, but Latvala reckons the super-fast Swedish stages will really test the motor.

The Polo R WRC's 1600cc turbocharged powerplant - built to Global Race Engine regulations was one of the area where the drivers had urged team to focus its resource.

"In Sweden the stages are fast and flowing, they are a different style to Monte Carlo," said Latvala.

"It was great to see how competitive we were on the first round, but the high-speed roads here will ask a lot of the engine.

"I think this rally will say a lot more about exactly where we are with the car. I would like to reach the top five, a podium would be perfect."

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