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Hirvonen: Poland should suit me

Mikko Hirvonen believes that the trip to Poland next week could work out very well for him as he looks to take more points off current championship leader, Sebastien Loeb.

Hirvonen managed to cut the gap to seven points following his victory on the Acropolis last weekend and while Loeb's confidence took a battering following his big crash there, the opposite is true for Mikko.

Indeed the BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT number one driver has been 'Mr Consistent' this season, with six top-three finishes from seven events, and with his first win of the year now in the bag, he will want to try and maintain the pressure.

"After Greece, I'm back in the championship fight," said the 28-year-old, "and the next two events, in Poland and Finland, are on fast gravel roads which should really suit me.

"The stages for the Rally Poland look really fast and very similar to Finland, but without as many crests as we have at home.

"They are medium width and soft in places so they may cut up during the second pass. There has been a lot of rain in that area recently and the forecast for the rally suggests showers too, so the sandy surface could turn very muddy if that is the case."

Like it will be for virtually all the runners, including Hirvonen, Poland will be a step into the unknown, as it returns to the WRC fold for the first time since 1973, when it formed part of the inaugural FIA World Rally Championship for Manufacturers.

Hirvonen has a good record on new roads though, and he has already watched a DVD of the stages issued by the organisers to help the competitors understand the nature of the roads prior to the recce.

"I know that I make good pace notes for new stages and it's crucial to get them right to have a chance of winning," he continued.

"The bales must be in exactly the right place for the recce because on fast roads it's vital we know their exact position otherwise the pace notes can be too slow or too fast, and that risks either losing time or making a mistake."



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Dafydd Larcombe - Unregistered

June 20, 2009 2:50 PM

I think Mikko will be able to finish infront of Loeb in the next two Rallies which will reduce the points defacit, but also I think there is also a good chance that Jari Matti will likewise be able to finish infront of Mikko in the same Rallies This is where team orders could make a big difference to Mikko, he could possibly reduce the gap to either 3 points after Finland or lead by 1 point if Jari finished 2nd and Loeb 3rd on both events. He would run 1st on the road in Oz unless they won one a peace, maybe Jari win Poland and Mikko Finland. That way Beb is still leading by 1 point by Oz, it would still be tough coz its just Spain and GB and guess who wins every Asphalt Rally.....



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