by Rob Wilkins
Mikko Hirvonen has said that he is just going to go for it now as he bids to try and beat arch rival Sebastien Loeb and win the 2008 WRC drivers' title for the very first time.
Hirvonen heads into the back-to-back asphalt events in Spain and Corsica eight points behind Loeb and while the momentum is definitely with the Frenchman, especially as he is often in a class of his own on tarmac, mathematically it is still very open with four rounds still to run.
Speaking exclusively to Crash.net Radio
at the recent Castle Combe Rallyday, the BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team number one added that while it will be difficult, he hasn't given up.
"You never know what is going to happen. Obviously if Sebastien doesn't have any bad luck and he finishes the rallies like he normally does it is going to be very difficult to take the title. But I don't have much to lose and I am just going to go for it and then we will see what happens," he confirmed.
"In Japan and GB I am going to be strong and I have a lot better chance to beat Sebastian on those events than on the tarmac rallies. Hopefully we can find some speed though in Spain and Corsica, which will enable us to beat him on asphalt as well.
"Francois [Duval – who is nominated by the BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT in Spain and France] is doing some testing with the car and will bring a new point of view and new ideas of what he thinks of it. Maybe he will find something we haven't thought about and it will improve the Focus.
"Whatever I can't let Seb get away. I need to finish those rallies and try and get as many points as I can."
Asked if he needs to win in Spain or France, Hirvonen agreed that it wouldn't do his cause any harm: "It would help for sure and that is what I will try to do. But against Sebastien it is going to be tricky. As I said though, there is nothing to lose. We will see," he reiterated.
Will his chances improve if he can stay in touch post-Spain and post-France?
"I think they will," he continued. "Jari-Matti [Latvala] is going to be very strong on those [final two] rallies and there is a chance he could maybe help me and be ahead of Sebastien as well. That would be really good. But we need to do these tarmac rallies first and then see what the situation is."
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