HELSINKI, Finland - Mikko Hirvonen and Elfyn Evans completed Rally Finland in fifth and seventh places respectively in their Fiesta RS WRCs yesterday.
The two M-Sport drivers were amongst eight Ford Fiesta rally cars in the first 15 finishers – giving Fiesta an impressive 53 per cent of the overall top-15.
It was a somewhat frustrating weekend for home hero Hirvonen as a hesitant run through the event’s preliminary stages cost him dearly. Hopes of a resurgent comeback were halted ton special stage 20 when a stray rock damaged the suspension components of his Ford Fiesta RS WRC.
In the sister M-Sport Fiesta RS WRC, Evans came to the end of the rally hungry for more. There is no greater thrill than powering a world rally car through Finland’s rollercoaster stages and the youngster is relishing the opportunity to return with his newly gained knowledge.
After a somewhat shaky start whilst getting accustomed to the rally’s unique nature, he better understood the characteristics of his Fiesta through the fast-paced stages, recording highly impressive split times.
Team Principal, Malcolm Wilson, said: “Mikko wasn’t where he wanted to be this weekend, but it was an encouraging performance from Elfyn He showed some good progression and was very professional when he picked up a puncture on Saturday afternoon – ensuring that he got the car safely back to service. The experience he has gained here this weekend will be of huge benefit when he returns next year.”
1) J.M.Latvala VW Polo R WRC
2) S.Ogier VW Polo R WRC
3) K.Meeke Citroen DS3 WRC
4) A.Mikkelsen VW Polo R WRC
5) M.Hirvonen Ford Fiesta RS WRC
6) J.Hanninen Hyundai i20 WRC
7) E.Evans Ford Fiesta RS WRC
8) H.Paddon Hyundai i20 WRC
9) H.Solberg Ford Fiesta RS WRC
10) K.Kruuda Ford Fiesta S2000