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Hirvonen out to win on Rally GB

Mikko Hirvonen: To end the car's career with a win and take the final victory of the World Rally Car era would be fantastic. The problem is that every driver has the same thought! The championship titles are settled and so everyone can drive for victory.

BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally team leader Mikko Hirvonen will be going for nothing less than a win on Wales Rally GB this weekend, the final round in the 2010 FIA World Rally Championship.

Hirvonen has had a difficult year and he now wants to mark the final rally for the Ford Focus RS WRC car with a victory.

He has plenty of experience to draw on too, having done the event seven times and he knows how to perform there, having finished second last year and having won in 2007.

"To end the car's career with a win and take the final victory of the World Rally Car era would be fantastic," said Hirvonen. "The problem is that every driver has the same thought!

"The championship titles are settled and so everyone can drive for victory. Even those contesting second and third in the drivers' points will have to drive hard, so I expect a good battle.

"The weather can make this a tricky rally, and it could be even more so this year with a long asphalt section on Epynt. If it's wet and muddy that road could be treacherous.

"The early cars will drag dirt onto the surface and make it even more slippery for those behind. In fact the driver that is first in the start order will do his best to pull as much gravel and mud onto the asphalt as he can.

"But the grip level is always inconsistent in Britain at this time of the year. It's another challenge."


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Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) Jarmo Lehtinen (FIN), Ford Focus RS WRC08,  BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) Jarmo Lehtinen (FIN), Ford Focus RS WRC08,  BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) Jarmo Lehtinen (FIN), Ford Focus RS WRC08,  BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) Jarmo Lehtinen (FIN), Ford Focus RS WRC08,  BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Mikko Hirvonen (FIN), Ford Focus RS WRC08,  BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team

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