Mikko Hirvonen takes win in Poland

Mikko Hirvonen takes win in Poland

28.06.2009: BP Ford Abu Dhabi Team driver Mikko Hirvonen has won his second consecutive WRC event by claiming victory on the brand new Rally Poland, round eight of the World Rally Championship.

BP Ford Abu Dhabi Team driver Mikko Hirvonen has won his second consecutive WRC event by claiming victory on the brand new Rally Poland, round eight of the World Rally Championship.

The momentous win, the ninth of his career, has promoted Hirvonen, 28, into the lead of the drivers' championship standings with a one point lead over Citroen driver Sebastien Loeb; the man who has won the title for the last five years.

In blazing sunshine, and in front of thousands of spectators, Hirvonen completed the rally closing Super Special without a hitch and drove his Ford Focus onto the finish podium with a winning margin of 1min 10.3sec.

The 28-year-old Finn held the lead since Friday's second stage when he snatched the position from Loeb. Any chance of an ongoing battle with his rival evaporated on the very next stage when the Frenchman retired after hitting a tree stump.

After a determined attack through Saturday morning's stages, Citroen Total team driver Dani Sordo looked all but certain of third place until an almost unbelievable development on the rally closing 2.5km Super Special when the man ahead of him, Mikko's team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala, crashed out of second place.


1. 3 Mikko HIRVONEN M 3:07:27.5 0.0 0.0
 
2.   2 Dani SORDO M 3:08:37.8 +1:10.3 +1:10.3
 
3.   6 Henning SOLBERG M 3:09:33.2 +55.4 +2:05.7
 
4.   11 Petter SOLBERG  3:09:51.8 +18.6 +2:24.3
 
5.   5 Matthew WILSON M 3:11:45.0 +1:53.2 +4:17.5
 

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28.06.2009 / MaP

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