Four-time World Rally Championship runner-up Mikko Hirvonen is set to make his debut in the Dakar Rally next year with Mini All4 Racing.

The Finnish rally driver will prepare for the prestigious event by competing in selected rounds of the 2015 FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup, starting with Spain's Baja Aragon on the 24-26 July.

The 34-year-old claimed 15 WRC event victories during his career and retired from rallying in 2014 but gearing up for a one-off comeback at next year's Dakar Rally.

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Hirvonen will be joined by co-driver Michel Perin who has claimed victory at Dakar on four separate occasions, including the 2014 title when he teamed up with Nani Roma for Mini All4 Racing. The German team has also won the event on four separate occasions and will act as defending champions in 2016.

The two men initially joined up during test session in Morocco earlier in the year and Hirvonen is looking forward to the tough challenge of the world's hardest rally endurance event.

"Dakar is such a long race and the dunes there are in a world of their own," Hirvonen said. "So, to finish the event without encountering major issues or without getting stuck anywhere already would represent a really good achievement for my first Dakar.

"Meanwhile, the Baja Arag?n is going to be more of the kind of rallying I'm used to. But driving without pace notes in your road book is not so easy and I still have to familiarise myself with the MINI ALL4 Racing as well.

"But should I feel good in the car and everything works well we hopefully will be able to set some good times in Baja Aragon."