WRC » Mikko Hirvonen


Mikko Hirvonen

Career

Current co-driver: Jarmo Lehtinen.

Achievements:

2011 World Rally Championship with the Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team (using the new Fiesta RS WRC).

2010 World Rally Championship with Ford. 6th in drivers' standings. Scored 126 points. Results: 1st in Sweden, 4th in Mexico, 20th in Jordan, 3rd in Turkey, 4th in New Zealand, 4th in Portugal, 5th in Bulgaria, retired in Finland (crashed), retired in Germany (transmission), 6th in Japan, 5th in France, 5th in Spain, 4th in Wales.

Won the Rallye Monte Carlo - the opening round of the 2010 Intercontinental Rally Challenge.

2009 World Rally Championship with Ford. 2nd in drivers' standings. Scored 92 points (1 less than the champion). Results: 3rd in Ireland, 2nd in Norway, 2nd in Cyprus, 2nd in Portugal, retired in Argentina (engine), 2nd in Sardinia, 1st in Greece, 1st in Poland, 1st in Finland, 1st in Australia, 3rd in Spain, 2nd in Wales.

2008 World Rally Championship with Ford. 2nd in drivers' standings. Scored 103 points. Results: 2nd on the Monte, 2nd in Sweden, 4th in Mexico, 5th in Argentina (under SupeRally), 1st in Jordan, 2nd in Sardinia, 3rd in Greece, 1st in Turkey, 2nd in Finland, 4th in Germany, 3rd in NZ, 3rd in Spain, 2nd in France, 1st in Japan, 8th in Wales

Became first driver in history of WRC to score points in every event during a single season

2007 World Rally Championship with Ford. Third in drivers' championship. Scored 99 points. Results: 5th on the Monte, 3rd in Sweden, 1st in Norway, 3rd in Mexico, 5th in Portugal, 3rd in Argentina, 2nd in Sardinia, 4th in Greece, 2nd in Finland, 3rd in Germany, 3rd in NZ, 4th in Spain, 13th in France (finished under SupeRally after off on day 1), 1st in Japan, 4th in Ireland, 1st in GB.

2006 World Rally Championship with Ford. Third in drivers' championship. Scored 65 points. Results: 7th on Monte, 12th in Sweden, 15th in Mexico [re-started after going off road on leg 2], 9th in Spain, 4th in France, retired in Argentina [engine], 2nd in Sardinia, 3rd in Greece, 9th in Germany, 3rd in Finland, 3rd in Japan, 3rd in Cyprus, 2nd in Turkey, 1st in Australia [first WRC win], 2nd in NZ, retired in GB [damaged roll cage in off].

2005 World Rally Championship in a privately entered Ford Focus - except in Finland and Japan. Joint tenth in drivers' championship. Scored 14 points. Results: retired in Sweden (technical problem), retired in Sardinia, 4th in Greece, 4th in Finland (Ford Focus - second nominated driver), retired in Japan (Fabia), 3rd in Spain.

Second on the 2005 PT-Rallye de Portugal (non-WRC event).

2004 World Rally Championship with Subaru - replacing the unwell Richard Burns. Seventh in drivers' championship. Scored 29 points. Results: Retired on the Monte Carlo Rally, ninth in Sweden, fifth in Mexico, seventh in NZ, fifth in Cyprus, retired in Greece, sixth in Turkey, fourth in Argentina, retired in Finland, eighth in Germany, seventh in Japan, seventh in GB, retired in Italy, tenth in France, eighth in Spain, fourth in Australia.

2003 World Rally Championship with M-Sport / Ford (Focus RS WRC). Joint 15th overall in drivers' championship - scored 3 points. Results - retired on the Monte Carlo Rally, 11th in Sweden, retired in Turkey, 10th in NZ, 16th in Argentina, retired in Greece, sixth in Cyprus [scored first WRC points], 13th in Germany, retired in Finland, ninth in Australia, retired in Italy, 10th in France, 14th in Spain and retired in GB.

2002 Competed in over 24 rallies as part of his 12-month training and development programme to break into the WRC.
Finnish Championship - won the F2 category in a Volkswagen Golf Kit Car.
Competed in some Italian asphalt rallies in a Citroen Saxo Kit Car.
Contented part of the Italian Subaru Trophy Championship.
Took part in a round of the French Championship in a Ford Puma
World Rally Championship - three rounds.

2001 Finnish Championship - led the championship until the very last day of the last round when he hit a rock, relegating him to second.

2000 Finnish Junior Championship - in a Opel Astra. Finished seventh overall.

1998 Purchased his first rally car - a two-litre Opel Kadett.
Entered his first rally and despite going off the road twice, incurring penalties and damaging his gearbox, finished the event.

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