Mikko Hirvonen had an awesome start at his 2010 World Rally Championship campaign by winning the season opening Rally Sweden. The 1-2-3 results are proof of Ford’s domination last weekend.
Citroen had an optimistic start but it was not enough to overcome Ford’s streak. Hirvonen and former privateer (now a Stobart Ford driver) Mads Ostberg ended the race within 6 second off each other in the overall classification.
Hirvonen was first on the road for the Sunday leg, considered by many to be a disadvantage for the overall win.
But then 3 consecutive stage wins in the morning put the Finn more than 13 seconds ahead of Ostberg, an advantage that enabled him to resist the Stobart driver’s surge in the end. After the rally, Hirvonen said that he was “fairly nervous” before the last stage but that the team had a “fantastic start” with a new car and victory straightaway.
Meanwhile, Ostberg scored his first podium in the WRC. Ostberg said that he is “absolutely happy” with winning second overall in Sweden.
Ford’s second works driver Jari-Matti Latvala made it three out of three for the British team, as the Finn rose into 3rd place on Sunday after having a hesitant start. He won 2 out of 3 stages into the final loop and was able to end the rally ahead of Citroen’s Sebastien Ogier and privateer Petter Solberg.