Citroen's Mikko Hirvonen
suffered yet more disappointment on the Acropolis Rally of Greece last weekend.
The Finn went into the sixth round in the 2013 World Rally Championship hoping luck would be on his side and eager to try and claim his first win of the season.
However in SS1, the 47.70 km Kineta-Pissia test, he lost almost 6 minutes with a steering problem, ending any hope he had of a decent result.
“We were seven kilometres from the finish [of SS1] when I started to feel vibrations and hear strange noises. There was a problem with the steering, but the car was still able to turn a little. We managed to keep going at a slower speed. Sometimes, I had to do a lot of manoeuvring just to get round some of the corners, but we managed to get there in the end,” Hirvonen explained.
That problem left him down in 22nd position, and while he did climb back to eighth and take 4 points after his DS3 WRC car was fixed, it wasn't much comfort.
“What a weekend! I am not happy with the result. I am only happy that all this is over,” said Mikko after SS14. “We had lots of bad luck. I will try to concentrate on the next event.”
Speaking back in service, he was slightly more philosophical, although not much: “We were really unlucky and it [eighth place] is not a good result for us.
"But these things happen in motorsport. We have to stay positive, focus on the next event and hope that our luck changes,” he added.