Mikko Hirvonen has his sights firmly set on victory as he prepares to give the Ford Fiesta S2000 its debut in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge this week in Monte Carlo.

The works Ford WRC driver will drive one of two Fiestas entered in the event by M-Sport - the team behind the Ford WRC programme - with young Frenchman Julien Maurin in the sister machine.

Hirvonen last competed in the Monte Carlo Rally back in 2008 when it was part of the WRC, finishing second, and the Finn said it was an event he was keen to try and win.

"I've always had a difficult relationship with this rally," he said. "I love the rally when I am not competing on it but when you get there and the conditions are hard then it can be tough. But it's a great challenge and has a long history so it's very important to win this rally.

"The Fiesta Super 2000 is a new car but I've had a good feeling with it when we have tested on tarmac so I hope we can develop it more and try to win. But I know my rivals have a lot of experience in their cars and did Monte Carlo last year so that will help them."


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