After six of this year’s 13 World Championship rounds, the Finn is third in the drivers’ standings, 54 points behind his Volkswagen rival and championship leader Sebastien Ogier.
But after Citroen DS3 driver Sebastien Loeb got the better of Ogier’s Volkswagen Polo R at Rally Argentina, Hirvonen hopes that further refinements to the DS3 set-up, trialed just before the Greek event, will allow him to do the same.
“We are working all the time with the team to improve the car,” said Hirvonen, who has finished on the Acropolis podium on the last four occasions – winning the rally in 2009.
“We completed a short, specific test session when we arrived in Greece. I hope that luck will be on our side and that we manage to secure another win for Citroën.”
If he does win, his first victory of the season will be some payback for the development work he has carried out for Citroen.
Citroen Racing’s technical chief, Xavier Mestelan-Pinon, explained that while his engineers has homologated numerous component upgrades to the DS3, Hirvonen deserved much of the credit for refining the set-up.
“Although this is the third year we have been running the Citroën DS3 WRC, the car changes at virtually every rally,” said Mestelan Pinon. “And yet it is to the set-up that the most sensitive changes have been made.
“We start with requests from the drivers, especially from Mikko Hirvonen. He has yet to reap the rewards for the work he has put in, but the direction we have taken has also been appreciated by Dani Sordo and Sebastien Loeb."