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It’s the ultimate Volkswagen teammate grudge match: mano a mano, car versus car. Ex-teammates Sébastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala battled it out side by side on the first super special stage of Rally Portugal.

Volkswagen was a dominant superteam in the FIA World Rally Champoinship for the past few years, but most of its domination came at the hands of Sébastien Ogier.

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If you’re a Jari-Matti Latvala fan, you’ve probably spent the past few WRC seasons wishing he’d come out from under the shadow of crazy-alien car man Ogier. He has the most wins of any driver not to have won a WRC championship. It’s time! It’s just Latvala’s time!

Now they’re on two different teams, and refreshingly, Ogier’s M-Sport Ford team didn’t nail it immediately. We got to see a downright jubilant Latvala finally seem to come into his own behind the wheel of a Toyota.

The first stage of Rally Portugal scratched that itch somewhat, pitting Latvala’s Toyota against Ogier’s Ford. Somehow this was the most captivating highlight of the weekend.

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Is it Latvala’s turn to show Ogier up, or will Ogier smack him down again? Who’s really faster on this stage? And can they do this more often?