|Debut Rally||2002 Neste Rally Finland|
|Last Rally (if applicable)||2014 Wales Rally GB|
|Date of Birth||July 31st 1980|
|First Win/Best Finish||2006 Telstra Rally Australia|
Mikko Hirvonen is a Finnish rally driver. He goes into 2009 looking like the sole challenger to Citroen's Sebastien Loeb's 6th consectative championship having last year been runner-up in the championship. His team-mate at the BP Ford team is fellow fin, Jari-Matti Latvala. 2009 is Mikko's 4th season with Ford and he is looking to challenge Loeb. The 2009 Season was Hirvonen's best, finishing second in the championship, just a single point behind Loeb.
At the Rally d'Italia Sardegna, Hirvonen and Loeb both dropped time on day one in a bid to gain a better road position. After Loeb incurred a puncture, Hirvonen found himself unable to catch teammate Latvala, who had been pushing in front from start to finish. In the following Acropolis Rally in Greece, Hirvonen took his first win of the season. With Loeb crashing out, he reduced the Frenchman's championship lead to seven points. At the following Rally Poland, Loeb crashed again, although recovered to seventh, with Hirvonen winning his second consecutive rally he moved to the top of the standings. In Finland, Hirvonen took the lead on the first proper stage and continued pulling away from Loeb to take his debut win in his home event. A few weeks later, in Australia, Mikko was again in a tight battle with Loeb, where Loeb eventually won. Unfortunately for Loeb his car was found to have rollbar irregularities, as did Dani Sordo and Sébastien Ogier. They were then given 1 minute time penalties, which handed Hirvonen the win and 10 points.
Hirvonen retired from the WRC at the end of the 2014 season after spending nearly a decade at M-Sport. In his final rally, the 2014 Wales Rally GB, he scored a podium finish, finishing 2nd behind Sébastien Ogier.
Wins List Edit
2006 Telstra Rally Australia
2007 Rally Norway
2007 Rally Japan
2007 Wales Rally GB
2008 Jordan Rally
2008 Rally of Turkey
2008 Rally Japan
2010 Rally Sweden
2011 Rally Sweden
2011 Rally Australia
|Complete World Rally Championship results|
|3rd||Template:DNQ||Did not qualify|
|5th||Points finish||14th||Non-points finish|
|Bold||Pole position||Italics||Points for Fastest lap|
|DNS||Did not start|