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Hirvonen chasing Monte success

WRC regular Mikko Hirvonen targets success for M-Sport in the opening round of the 2010 IRC campaign
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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mrploppy - Unregistered

January 19, 2010 11:25 AM

i reckon itll be a two way fight for the monte between hrivonen and ogier, with meeke third. i just dont think meeke is as fast as the wrc guys becuase think who he had to beat in the irc last year kopecky, loix and sarrizan - all wrc flops

Tim O'Salonen - Unregistered

January 20, 2010 10:38 AM

While we shouldn't be surprised, the dearth of coverage in the papers is disappointing. This is the 'Monte'- the oldest, most famous Rally in the world, and with more history than the Monaco GP.



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