epa04962453 Jari- Matti Latvala of Finland driving his VOLKSWAGEN POLO R WRC during Leg 2 of Tour de Corse Rallye de France, Ajaccio, Corsica, October 03, 2015. EPA/REPORTER IMAGES

Ajaccio, Corsica - Jari-Matti Latvala has won the Rally of France in Corsica - his third victory of the season with champion Volkswagen.

Latvala, who also won in Portugal and Finland, beat Britain's Elfyn Evans (Ford) by 43.1 seconds while Volkswagen team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen of Norway was third, 46.3 seconds off the pace.

“It's been a great weekend,” said Latvala, the first Finn to win in Corsica since Markku Alen back in 1984. “We haven't been at the maximum at any point, but we had to be careful driving in difficult conditions.”

The 2014 Rally de France was held in the Alsace region and was also won by Latvala.

Volkswagen has already secured both the Manufacturers' and Drivers' titles, with Sebastien Ogier clinching his third consecutive crown in Australia in September.

Ogier was hampered by a 10-minute penalty in France after he failed to finish Friday's leg but won Sunday's final power stage.

France was the first rally since Europe's biggest carmaker was hit by an emissions scandal and Volkswagen team principal Jost Capito said the company's world rally championship programme would not be affected.

“The Volkswagen WRC team could not have been more successful, winning three back-to-back World Championships,” he said.

“We have a green light for the project up to and including 2019, and are working hard to ensure we remain as successful as possible on the sporting front.”

RESULTS

1 Jari-Matti Latvala (Finland) Volkswagen - 2hr9m46.7s

2 Elfyn Evans (Britain) Ford +43.1s

3 Andreas Mikkelsen (Norway) Volkswagen +46.3

4 Kris Meeke (Britain) Citroen +1:33.4

5 Hayden Paddon (New Zealand) Hyundai +1:53.6

6 Mads Ostberg (Norway) Citroen +1:59.8

7 Daniel Sordo (Spain) Hyundai +2:10.4

8 Bryan Bouffier (France) Ford +2:12.8

9 Stephane Sarrazin (France) Ford +2:39.3

10 Ott Taenak (Estonia) Ford +3:43.0

POINTS STANDINGS - DRIVERS

1 Sebastien Ogier (France) Volkswagen Motorsport - 238

2 Jari-Matti Latvala (Finland) Volkswagen Motorsport - 160

3 Andreas Mikkelsen (Norway) Volkswagen Motorsport II - 126

4 Mads Ostberg (Norway) Citroen Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team - 98

5 Thierry Neuville (Belgium) Hyundai Shell World Rally Team - 86

6 Kris Meeke (Britain) Citroen Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team - 83

7 Elfyn Evans (Britain) M-Sport World Rally Team - 81

8 Hayden Paddon (New Zealand) Hyundai Motorsport N - 66

9 Ott Taenak (Estonia) M-Sport World Rally Team - 63

10 Daniel Sordo (Spain) Hyundai Shell World Rally Team - 62

11 Martin Prokop (Czech Republic) Jipocar Czech National Team - 33

12 Khalid Al Qassimi (United Arab Emirates) Citroen Abu Dhabi World Rally Team - 9

13 Juho Haenninen (Finland) Juho Haenninen - 8

14 Yuriy Protasov (Ukraine) Yuriy Protasov - 8

15 Robert Kubica (Poland) Robert Kubica - 8

16 Nasser Al-Attiyah (Qatar) Nasser Al-Attiyah - 7

17 Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari (Qatar) Youth & Sports Qatar Rally Team - 6

18 Sebastien Loeb (France) Citroen Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team - 6

19 Esapekka Lappi (Finland) Skoda Motorsport - 4

20 Diego Dominguez (Paraguay) Diego Dominguez - 4

21 Paolo Andreucci (Italy) F.P.F. Sport S.R.L. - 4

22 Bryan Bouffier (France) M-Sport World Rally Team - 4

23 Pontus Tidemand (Sweden) Skoda Motorsport - 2

24 Jan Kopecky (Czech Republic) Skoda Motorsport - 2

25 Nicolas Fuchs (Peru) Nicolas Fuchs - 2

26 Gustavo Saba (Paraguay) Saba Competicion - 2

27 Stephane Sarrazin (France) Stephane Sarrazin - 2

28 Stephane Lefebvre (France) Citroen Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team - 1

29 Jari Ketomaa (Finland) Drive Dmack - 1

30 Lorenzo Bertelli (Italy) FWRT - 1

CONSTRUCTORS

1 Volkswagen Motorsport - 369

2 Citroen Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team - 184

3 Hyundai Shell World Rally Team - 183

4 M-Sport World Rally Team - 170

5 Volkswagen Motorsport II - 91

6 Hyundai Motorsport N - 59

7 Jipocar Czech National Team - 45

8 FWRT - 9

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