Born around sixty or so miles from Jyväskylä, Mikko Hirvonen is a pure product of the Finnish racing programme that has taken many a driver as far as the World Rally Championship.
Mikko’s love of rallying is part of his DNA. As a youngster, he first got his hands of the steering wheel of a car while sat on his dad’s knees and then practised racing on the frozen lakes of his home land. After securing his driving licence, he began racing competitively with… his cousin – a family affair. In a few short years, he amassed a lot of experience by driving a wide range of different cars in an increasingly international programme.
After winning the Finnish championship in the Group A two-wheel drive category in 2002, he became works driver at Ford and then Subaru. After a transitional season in 2005, he returned to the Ford team in 2006.
Initially partnered with Marcus Grönholm, he finished third in the World Championship on two occasions, collecting his first WRC win at the 2006 Rally Australia.
From 2008 onwards, Mikko Hirvonen became Sébastien Loeb’s main rival in the fight for the world title. He finished as runnerup three times, losing out at the final round in both 2009 and 2011.
In 2012, he opted to join the Citroën Total World Rally Team and finished – again – second in the World Championship behind Sébastien Loeb, winning the Italian round in the process.
- Date and place of birth: 31/07/1980 in Kannonkoski (Finland)
- WRC victories at the end of 2012: 15
- First victory : Australia 2006
- Codriver: Jarmo Lehtinen
- Website: www.mikkohirvonen.com
- Twitter: @MikkoWRC
|2012||Drivers WRC||Citroën DS3 WRC||13||1||10||2|
|2011||Drivers WRC||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||13||2||8||2|
|2010||Drivers WRC||Ford Focus RS WRC||13||1||2||6|
|2009||Drivers WRC||Ford Focus RS WRC||12||4||11||2|
|2008||Drivers WRC||Ford Focus RS WRC||15||3||11||2|
|2007||Drivers WRC||Ford Focus RS WRC||16||2||10||3|
|2006||Drivers WRC||Ford Focus RS WRC||16||1||8||3|
|2005||Drivers WRC||Ford Focus RS WRC||5||1||10|
|2005||Drivers WRC||Skoda Fabia WRC||1|
|2004||Drivers WRC||Subaru Impreza WRC||16||7|
|2003||Drivers WRC||Ford Focus RS WRC||14||16|
|2002||Drivers WRC||Renault Clio S1600||2|
|2002||Drivers WRC||Subaru Impreza Gr. A||1|