23 Jun 2012

Tangle with fence hurts Latvala's chances in Rally New Zealand

6:42 pm on 23 June 2012

Reigning champion Jarri-Matti Latvala's chances of defending his Rally New Zealand title took a major hit on the first day.

The Finn got stuck in a fence on the penultimate stage around Raglan, and had to get a spectator to cut him out.

He dropped nearly five minutes off the overall pace set by eight-time world champion Frenchman Sebastian Loeb.