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Hirvonen looks to fight back

Mikko Hirvonen targets a return to the points on Rally Turkey
Mikko Hirvonen will hope to return to form on Rally Turkey after his disappointing showing on the last round of the World Rally Championship in Jordan.

Hirvonen crashed on the opening stage of day two and damaged the suspension on his Ford Focus – which forced the Finn out of the remainder of the day.

Although he returned to action under SuperRally on the final day, Hirvonen finished well outside the points in 20th place to drop to third in the championship standings – 31 points behind leader Sebastien Loeb.

Having taken victory in Turkey in the past, Hirvonen will hope to return to the kind of form that saw him win the season opener in Sweden although the Finn admits that the mixed surface nature of the event will make it an interesting challenge.

"I enjoy competing on new rallies,” Hirvonen said of the event, which moves to a new base near the capital city Istanbul. “It's a new challenge, both in driving the stages and in preparing pace notes during the recce.

"I have a good record on rallies that are new to the championship. Last year I won in Poland and Australia, and in previous years I also won in Norway and Jordan when they were held for the first time. I'm not sure why that is, but if I can extend that record in Turkey then I'll be delighted.

"I made a silly mistake in Jordan and I must recover from that in Turkey so the gap at the top of the drivers' championship doesn't grow. This is the first rally to use proper mixed surface stages since the new rules came in and it will bring something different to the event. Mixed stages haven't been allowed for several years but they used to be a regular part of the WRC. It's another new challenge and I'll think about how to handle the asphalt sections before the start."


Tagged as: Ford , Mikko Hirvonen , Turkey

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GoFstr - Unregistered

April 14, 2010 9:40 PM

This is going to upset a few people. The championship is already over Hirvonen, with 4 black-top events this year (to go) you ain't got a chance. Unless Loeb crash or the Citroen breakdown. And even it those happen, Loeb is too fast for you. Sorry Ford fans, I'd prefer Hirvonen with the title rather than "ANOTHER" year with Loeb, but it just ain't happening.

Dafydd Larcombe - Unregistered

April 15, 2010 1:55 PM

This may shock a few people but I think its over too I was watching the footage of Jordan and Mikko wasnt attacking near as hard as Seb. It pains me to admit this but he doesnt have that nut case do or die streak to go with his skill. I have been stood on stages watching Seb attacking on GB and when he is on one he is one one, in a simular way that Colin used to have a few seconds spare when he wanted it. Seb also has that Luxury. Maybe its down to courage, I think Mikko could be quite a lot faster if he was a little more willing to push harder like Seb does. He needs to drive like he did in Finland 2009 on every event. Its really that simple.



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