Former International Rally Championship celebrity and present Dakar Rally driving force Mikko Hirvonen will input the penultimate spherical of this yr’s Ecu Rally Championship, the Cyprus Rally.

Hirvonen who completed as runner-up to Sebastien Loeb within the WRC standings 4 instances in his profession, will pressure a Ford Fiesta R5 run by means of fellow former Ford manufacturing unit driving force Markko Martin on the match on September 27-29.

“I’ve fond reminiscences of the Cyprus Rally from the arena championship,” stated Hirvonen, who began the Cyprus Rally 4 instances in his WRC profession.

He completed at the podium on the match two times and scored a 2d position on his ultimate get started there 10 years in the past (underneath).

“The rostrum would be the very last thing on my thoughts once I go back later this month,” he persevered. “That is about having a laugh on a difficult rally.

“I all the time loved visiting Cyprus and there is a little bit of a ‘Dakar’ really feel to one of the most levels.

“Having contested the Dakar thrice, I love this type of problem, which is extra about using with a little technique reasonably than going flat out.

“I have recognized Markko Martin for a very long time and Cyprus is a brilliant position to visit this time of yr. It is a well-organised and significant match.”

Hirvonen examined the Fiesta he’s going to run in Cyprus on the Louna-Eesti Ralli in Estonia on the finish of August.

He added: “Even though I am not going to be paying an excessive amount of consideration to my degree instances in Cyprus, I stated to Markko I might wish to have some wisdom of the Fiesta and his group earlier than Cyprus.

“Doing the development used to be excellent apply and it used to be in truth rather helpful as a result of we had a small technical drawback that would simply have happened in Cyprus had we no longer discovered it in Estonia.”

The Cyprus Rally, which qualifies as a Center East championship even in addition to an ERC spherical, returns to Nicosia and the mountain roads across the town after being primarily based in Larnaca ultimate season.

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