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Hirvonen opts to start 13th in Mexico

7 March 2013

Citroen's Mikko Hirvonen will start 13th and run as far down the order as he can on the opening day of Rally Mexico.

Hirvonen got the choice of 'prime spot' after topping the times in the qualifying stage. The Finn opted for P13 so that those ahead will sweep the road and leave a quicker line behind.

His rivals all followed suit, with Michal Kosciuszko, who was slowest, getting the dubious 'honour' of opening the stages and thus being the primary road sweeper.

Rally Mexico now continues with SS1, Guanajuato (1.05 km), and SS2, Parque Bicentenario (2.60 km), running this evening respectively at 20.09 hours and 20.47 hours [all times local]. The event starts proper on Friday.


Rally Mexico: Day 1 running order:

1. Michal Kosciuszko Lotos Team WRC MINI John Cooper Works WRC T
2. Martin Prokop Jipocar Czech National Team Ford Fiesta RS WRC T
3. Benito Guerra Citroen DS3 WRC
4. Ken Block Hoonigan Racing Division Ford Fiesta RS WRC
5. Nasser Al-Attiyah Qatar WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC T
6. Chris Atkinson Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS3 WRC T
7. Jari-Matti Latvala Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC M
8. Dani Sordo Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS3 WRC M
9. Sebastien Ogier Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC M
10. Mads Ostberg Qatar M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC M
11. Thierry Neuville Qatar WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC
12. Evgeny Novikov Qatar M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC M
13. Mikko Hirvonen Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS3 WRC M


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