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Mikko Hirvonen

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Career Summary

Info

Nationality:  FIN
Date of Birth: 31.07.1980
Age: 34
Birthplace: Kannonkoski
First Rally: 2002, Finnland
Rally Wins: 15

Season 2014

Classification: WRC
Car No: 5
Team: M-Sport World Rally Team
Co-driver: Jarmo Lehtinen
Points: 126
Standing: 4
Rally Wins: 0
Retirements: 0
Podiums: 1

Here’s what makes him special:

• One of the most experienced and reliable drivers in the class of 2014, he was instrumental in securing Ford’s manufacturers’ titles in 2006 and 2007

• A popular figure in the service park, his old Ford team like him so much they’ve employed him again

• In the era of Sebastien Loeb domination, Hirvonen got closer than anybody else

• On his day he can be hugely quick, but if things go badly he can struggle to stay motivated

The story so far

Hirvonen’s skills were first spotted when he stormed to the Finnish Formula 2 title in 2002. He was thrust into the WRC spotlight a year later in a factory-run Ford Focus.

His promising early career hit the buffers in 2004 when he was dropped from the Subaru team after a disappointing run of results. But Hirvonen bounced back in a privateer Ford Focus in 2005 and some blistering performances won him a seat at the factory Ford team in 2006 as Marcus Grönholm’s team-mate.

He proved a reliable performer and helped the Blue Oval to scoop back-to-back manufacturers’ titles in 2006 and 2007. The Finn was elevated to Ford’s number one in 2008 and went on to claim a brace of second place finishes in the drivers’ championship in 2008 and 2009. He was denied rallying’s ultimate prize by one point in 2009.

But the 2010 and 2011 seasons proved a big disappointment for Hirvonen and Ford. And it was therefore little surprise when he signed a two-year deal with Citroën in 2012.

His fortunes were mixed with the French squad – he only scored one win in two seasons – and he will return to Ford to try and re-establish himself as a rally-winning driver on a consistent basis in 2014.

Rally Classification Co-driver Car Rank Points
Rallye Monte Carlo WRC Jarmo Lehtinen 41. 0
Rally Sweden WRC Jarmo Lehtinen 4. 12+1
Rally Guanajuato Mexico WRC Jarmo Lehtinen 8. 4+1
Vodafone Rally de Portugal WRC Jarmo Lehtinen 2. 18
Rally Argentina WRC Jarmo Lehtinen 9. 2+2
Rally Italia Sardegna WRC Jarmo Lehtinen 40. 0
LOTOS 71st Rally Poland WRC Jarmo Lehtinen 4. 12
Neste Oil Rally Finland WRC Jarmo Lehtinen 5. 10
ADAC Rallye Deutschland WRC Jarmo Lehtinen 5. 10+1
Coates Hire Rally Australia WRC Jarmo Lehtinen 5. 10
Rallye de France-Alsace WRC Jarmo Lehtinen 5. 10
RallyRACC-Rally de Espana WRC Jarmo Lehtinen 3. 15
Wales Rally GB WRC Jarmo Lehtinen 2. 18

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