Mikko Hirvonen believes that he won't find it so tough running first in the order on the opening day of the Rally Argentina.

The Finn got his first taste of leading the pack in Mexico and admitted to being really annoyed at the end of the first loop in Leon, having been unable to match his team-mate, Jari-Matti Latvala or Sebastien Loeb. In the end he finished the leg in fifth place.

Although he eventually took fourth overall, his problem on day one really cost him and he will face a similar situation this Friday, as he is still the championship leader - albeit just one point in front of Loeb now - and subseqently will once again have to 'sweep' away the loose gravel for the benefit of those behind.

The 27-year-old is however philosophical about the situation and reckons he should be able to better manage it this time out.

"I can't change that situation so there's no point in worrying about it," he said prior to the fourth round in the World Rally Championship. "I learned things about running first on the road in Mexico that will help me in Argentina, but I don't think it will be as big a disadvantage here as it was in Mexico earlier this month."

Mikko has competed in Argentina four times to date and with his best result coming last year - when he was third - he will want to get onto the rostrum again.

"Argentina is the greatest country to drive in of any of the WRC rounds," he continued. "The fans are so enthusiastic and on some stages the road is lined with people virtually from start to finish.

"It's a fantastic atmosphere and something that I really notice from inside the car. The rally is varied, with many different types of roads which make it interesting to drive. It's quite flowing throughout, but it's not flat out all the way and the stages can be rough in places."

Asked what he will need to watch out for, Hirvonen added that the many river crossings are a particular area of concern.

"It's important to be careful at those crossings. During the recce we check how deep the water is. It's not normally a problem for the Focus to tackle them flat out. But if it rains between the recce and the rally then more care is needed because we don't know how deep the water will be," he summed-up.


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