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WRC Argentina 2013: Hirvonen aiming to be faster, wants first win of year

30 April 2013

Mikko Hirvonen has revealed Citroen have made some 'positive steps forward' for Rally Argentina.

Hirvonen got his second podium finish in succession earlier this month in Portugal, but was again disappointed at the finish after being unable to take the fight to the Volkswagen's of Sebastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala. Indeed post-event he said he had 'hoped to be a bit quicker' and 'fight harder' [see separate story].

He has now put that behind him however, and is in a fighting mood ahead of this year's trip to the South American country.

He will also take comfort from his form in Argentina twelve months ago, when he pushed team leader, Sebastien Loeb all the way, before making sure of a 1-2 for Citroen.

“Since the Rally de Portugal, we have continued to work in testing and have made some more positive steps forward in the set-up of the DS3 WRC. After finishing as runner-up in the last two rallies, I'm certainly aiming to be even faster here and to win my first race of the season,” Hirvonen stated.

Rally Argentina will see the return of Loeb in the Citroen Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team line-up, and as such, as in Sweden, Dani Sordo will switch and run under the Abu Dhabi Citroen Total WRT banner. Sordo, like Hirvonen, is also feeling confident ahead of round five in the WRC.

“I love Argentina! It's a rally where I feel pretty much at home,” Sordo said. “In Portugal, I felt revitalised in the DS3 WRC. I could do what I wanted with the car and I think I could've challenged for the win.

“I'm not going to get too carried away, however, because the conditions in Argentina will be very different. But I'm certainly on the right track!”


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