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Hirvonen crashes out in Jordan

Mikko Hirvonen crashes out on the opening stage of day two in Jordan
Mikko Hirvonen's hopes of overhauling Sebastien Loeb to reclaim the lead in the World Rally Championship standings appear to be over in Jordan after the Ford driver was forced to retire on the first stage of day two.

Hirvonen went into the second day running in fifth place but clipped a bank shortly after the start of stage eight and was sent off the road into a bank on the opposite side – breaking the left front suspension.

With his wheel hanging off the car, Hirvonen had no option but to retire from the day, although he hopes to return under SuperRally for the final day.

"I made a silly mistake and I can't believe it," he said. "The stage was going well when I took too tight a line over a crest. The car hit a small gravel bank on the inside of a right bend and the impact threw it into the air and across the road. I was lucky not to roll but it landed on the left front wheel and the front left suspension broke. I so rarely make a mistake, I'm disappointed."

Hirvonen's Ford team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala continues to lead the way although Loeb is now up to second after setting the pace through stage eight – moving him ahead of Sebastien Ogier.


Tagged as: Ford , Mikko Hirvonen , Jordan

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Twin Cam Sam - Unregistered

April 02, 2010 8:32 AM

Go Jari Matti ! Malcolm's strategy of having clear a clear No.1 in Hirvonen and No.2 in J-ML isn't working is it ? J-ML is a naturally talented and fast driver in the Colin McRae mould. He should be given his head and allowed to fight for the win, as he is doing now. M-Sport didn't handle him well last season and damaged his confidence tempering his speed. He is one of the very few drivers who can beat Loeb on the loose when his confidence is up. Malcolm made it harder for the Ford team when he failed to offer Petter an attractive deal, probably because he was still spoiling about Petter leaving for Subaru part way into a 5 year contract.

Andy-uggi - Unregistered

April 03, 2010 12:51 AM

I think that the point that you miss is that Hirvonen is trying to mould himself into a world champion and he knows that to beat loeb you must score well in every event especially the loose surface events, and his awesome run of consistantly well but always finishing has had a hic-cup, but you must drive flat out to beat loeb for the whole rally and make no mistakes to stand a chance. But he has done an awesome job for how long?? I personally wish him well and hope he stops the loeb domination that has probably stopped other manufacturers joining this great but not nearly as good as the 70s and 80s events.



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