Citroen's Mikko Hirvonen
reckons he will need an 'absolutely flawless' run if he is to claim a win this season.
Hirvonen did triumph in Portugal earlier this season, but was of course stripped of that result after the stewards found irregularities with his Citroen
DS3 WRC in post-event scrutineering.
Despite that though, he has still had a pretty good season. Indeed he has taken seven podiums in total - including six runners-up spots - and he currently sits 'best of the rest' in the drivers' championship, albeit 54 points behind his illustrious team-mate, Sebastien Loeb.
Looking to Wales Rally GB next week, the Finn added that he is keen to try and ensure Citroen
clinch the Manufacturers' championship there, so that he can really go for it in the remaining three events in France, Italy and Spain.
“To win [this year], I'll need to have an absolutely flawless rally,” he remarked in the countdown to the tenth round in the 2012 World Rally
Championship. “If we secure the Manufacturers' title for Citroen
in Great Britain though, I will no longer need to think about points. It would take some of the pressure off me for the final few rallies and that will allow me to relax a bit more, especially on tarmac.
“We saw in Germany that I really need to make progress on this surface. To do that, I need to take a few more risks so I can drive closer to the limit.”
As for GB specifically, Hirvonen is a big fan of the Cardiff-based event: “I like this rally even though it is difficult. The top speeds are extremely high, which is exhilarating for the drivers. All the stages are great, I don't think I could even single one out,” he continued.
“In the conditions that you usually get here towards the end of the year, the road surface is so muddy and slippery that you can go off on almost any bend.
“It probably won't be the same at this time of year [now the event is being held in September]. If it stays dry, I think it'll be a little bit easier… but it'll also be even quicker too.”