Having finished third and second in the World Rally Championship standings, Mikko Hirvonen has vowed to go one better and secure his maiden championship title this season.

Hirvonen finished third in the standings in both 2006 and 2007 and then stepped up to the plate to lead the Ford team following the retirement of Marcus Gronholm - taking second behind Sebastien Loeb in both 2008 and 2009.

Last season, Hirvonen enjoyed a strong run through the mid-way point of the season to hold the championship lead heading to Wales for the final round only to lose out to Loeb by a single point but he insisted he was ready for the start of the 2010 campaign and had only one goal in mind for the year ahead.

"I can't wait to get started," he said. "After GB I just wanted to start all over again. I need to be a bit more determined in places and be a bit braver in certain situations. It is close on many of the rallies and every small decision needs to be correct. You have to be sport on at every corner.

"I have been close [to the title] before and have two bronze medals and two silver - its time for two gold now!"