BP Ford number two driver Mikko Hirvonen has said that the uncertain weather will probably be the 'biggest concern' on the Wales Rally GB next weekend.

Mikko goes to the event with only one target and that is to do everything he can to help his team-mate and fellow countryman, Marcus Gronholm, who while still in with a chance of taking the 2007 drivers' title, is firmly on the back-foot, six points behind his arch rival Sebastien Loeb, following his off on the Rally Ireland.

"All we can do is to try to finish in front of Loeb and do our best to help Marcus," said Hirvonen, who was fourth in Ireland last weekend, a result that helped Ford sow up the manufacturers' championship.

"The roads in Wales will be fast and slippery and after my win in Japan last month, I feel confident in those conditions.

"The uncertain weather is the biggest concern on this rally though. Some stages will be held entirely in the dark and if it rains or is foggy then it will be extremely tricky.

"I've not driven proper stages in the dark since the Monte Carlo Rally in January but when I began my rallying career in Finland there were plenty of night stages so I'm used to it.

"Our pace notes will be more precise than usual in case it is foggy in the forests so that's also a benefit for the night stages," added the 27-year-old, who has done the event four times to date.

 

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