Mikko Hirvonen is hoping he can recall the form of past glories as he prepares to defend his victory on the Rally Poland, five years after the World Rally Championship last competed there.

The first modern era WRC event to take place in Poland at the time, the event was featured just once in 2009 before it was dropped from the schedule, only to be revived again for 2014.

On that occasion it was Hirvonen that claimed victory driving a Ford Focus, the second win in a run of four that would very nearly take him all the way to the World Rally Championship title.

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With just a single WRC win since the start of the 2012 season, Hirvonen is hoping he can rekindle some of that event winning form as he seeks his first victory of the season at the wheel of the M-Sport Ford Fiesta, even if he doesn't expect many similarities in the stages.

"This is an event that I really enjoy and we won in 2009 so I'm looking forward to returning to Poland next week," he said. "We have a good idea of what to expect in terms of the conditions, but the stages themselves will be almost completely new.

"Historically, I've always felt quite comfortable at new events so we'll be looking to be in the fight for the top positions. Jarmo [Lehtinen, co-driver] and I will be making new notes for most of the stages, but that doesn't really faze me as I've always been confident in our ability to do that.

"The stages are very fast and in some ways you could compare them to those in Finland, but the surface is completely different. In Finland the gravel is quite hard, but in Poland it's really soft and sandy which means that they can become fairly rutted for the second pass.

"The competition will be tough, but I'm feeling really good ahead of this event and looking forward to bringing home what will hopefully be a strong result for the team."