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Rally de Portugal: This result will boost everyone, says Hirvonen

Mikko Hirvonen shows some of his old magic by fighting for the win on Rally de Portugal in his M-Sport WRT-run Fiesta RS WRC
Mikko Hirvonen gave the M-Sport World Rally Team a boost on Rally de Portugal last weekend by taking a strong second place.

Hirvonen took the lead at the end of the opening day, finishing it 6.5 seconds up on Volkswagen's Sebastian Ogier. However, on Saturday, he slipped back and in the afternoon was unable to hold on, eventually finishing 43.2 seconds adrift. Despite that, however, it was a good result, and as well as being M-Sport's first podium of the season, it was Hirvonen's first top-three since Spain last year.

“I'm really happy with this result. We came here wanting a good, clean rally and that is what we have done. The car has been absolutely perfect – and really competitive – all weekend so a big thanks to the boys for the top job they've done,” Hirvonen said at the finish of the fourth round in the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship.

“We knew that we had the pace, it was just a case of bringing everything together and I think that we did that this weekend,” he added.

“We'll keep developing and learning now, so hopefully we can fight even harder in the coming rallies,” he continued.

“We've been another step closer this weekend, and it's really good for the whole team. I'm sure this result will boost everyone and that we can continue to challenge at the head of the field.”

M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson meanwhile was delighted to see Hirvonen do so well and prove the pace of the Fiesta RS WRC.

“I cannot tell you how satisfying it is to see Mikko fighting for wins again. We all knew that he had the speed and the determination to do it and to see it all coming together now is fantastic. He had the perfect strategy for the opening phases – taking an early lead – and then controlled it brilliantly to bring home a season-best second place,” Wilson remarked.



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DafyddLarcombe

April 07, 2014 12:28 PM

I totally agree with Malcolms comments, Mikko deserves huge credit for his performance and persuit of Ogier in Portugal, the best I have seen him drive for a while, I hope this is a sign of things to come for Mikko, as I have said previously, he still has his old speed in there somewhere and he certainly showed us a glimpse of that on the weekend I am glad I recently decided that I would hop across to Finland later in the season, I think there will be a huge fight there with maybe half a dozen drivers all fighting for the win, it could prove to be the most exciting Rally Finland in years. Well done to Mikko and M-Sport for pushing Ogier so hard It exciting to hear Mikko say that we can look forward to even closer fights in coming Rallies, that's the fighting talk that I was hoping to hear from the Pixie, nothing would make me more happy than to see him fight tooth and Nail with Ogier and come out on top. Fingers crossed for him



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