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Crash.net’s Top 10 WRC Drivers: Second

Mikko Hirvonen secures second place in your vote to find the top driver from the 2009 WRC season
Mikko Hirvonen enjoyed his best season to date in the WRC in 2009 and came close to ending the run of success enjoyed by Sebastien Loeb. At the season end however, he fell just one point short of lifting the crown for the first time.

Hirvonen took podiums in the first four events of the year but was then forced out in Argentina by an engine problem – leaving him to play catch-up as Loeb won the first five events of the campaign.

Having taken second in Italy behind team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala, Hirvonen then brought himself back into contention with a run of four straight victories to lead the standings by a single point going into the season finale in Wales.

The Finn pushed hard in a head-to-head battle with Loeb in the Welsh forests but had to settle for second in both the event and the standings.

There is no doubt the Hirvonen is a champion elect and came close to securing top honours in your vote for the top WRC driver of the year.

Statistics:

Team: BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Car: Ford Focus RS WRC

Championship position: 2nd
Points: 92

Events: 12
Victories: 4
Podiums: 7
Points finishes: 11

Podiums tally excludes victories


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luka - Unregistered

December 18, 2009 2:49 PM

One mistake? Didn't he roll a few times this year? And in Poland he hit a tree stump. After Argentina he had a huge point advantage and trew it away by making mistakes like a rookie. To me, Mikko drove way more mature this year. And had worse car on tarmac. As good as Seb is, I would expect more from a 5-time World Champion (now 6-time) than making rookie-mistakes and rely on his Citroen mates to let him through (Rautenbach, Novikov in Poland, Sordo in Spain).

rfb - Unregistered

December 18, 2009 2:20 PM

luka, Loeb only made one mistake (in Greece), the other rallies he didn't win were because of a puncture, a suspension failure, a penalty for administrative mistake, and being actually beaten in Finland. As good as Mikko is, I would expect more from a World Champion than to mostly rely on his main opponent's bad luck to beat him.



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