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Wilson: We have to win in Finland

BP Ford Abu Dhabi team director Malcolm Wilson has said that it is absolutely 'crucial' they win in Finland at the end of this month.

Wilson has seen the tide turn in the last three events, and while Jari-Matti Latvala's final stage error in Poland was a big blow, the 'Blue Oval' still looks very strong off the back of three victories in succession.

Indeed in many ways the momentum is with the M-Sport-run outfit and Mikko Hirvonen now leads the Drivers' Championship - one point up on Sebastien Loeb.

Furthermore while the situation in the Manufacturers' Championship isn't so good and Ford is 17 points adrift, the gap has come down a lot - especially when it is considered that the margin to Citroen was 39 points post-Rally Argentina at the end of May.

Speaking exclusively to Crash.net Radio recently, Wilson added that he is confident Hirvonen can deliver.

"I think if you look where we were six weeks ago we were basically written off as not having much of a chance in either championship - the drivers' or manufacturers'. Prior to Jari-Matti's mistake in Poland of course both championships were looking very, very good. But I really feel Mikko is full of confidence at the moment," Wilson noted.

"He has had two fantastic rallies. I have always felt if we could get both drivers' performing at their best then we could pressurise Sebastien and that is what we have done on the last few events.

"We have just got to hope now that Mikko can get his revenge in Finland from last year and then of course, going to Australia, with it being another new rally, it tends to favour our drivers again. Hopefully we can mount a challenge.

"The manufacturers' is going to be difficult in view of what happened in Poland but the drivers' championship looks very promising."

Pressed on if he really believes Hirvonen can stop Loeb, who has dominated the sport for so many years now and who was re-wrote the record books, Wilson re-iterated that he has complete faith in his number one driver.

by Rob Wilkins



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