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."