Mikko Hirvonen's Sweden diary

Mikko Hirvonen's Sweden diary

Mikko Hirvonen had arrived in Sweden hoping to fight for victory, but his hopes were dashed early on. In his exclusive AUTOSPORT diary he relives that snowy mishap and dispels rumours of mid-stage nudity...

I flew to Ostersund with [co-driver] Jarmo [Lehtinen] to meet up with the test team. Fantastic test. Drove for two days on what can only be described as perfect snow and ice conditions. I left there feeling really confident about the rally. The only thing making me nervous was that the weather forecast for the Varmland region was a lot warmer than we'd experienced further north.

Rather than flying home between the test and the recce, Jarmo and I took a trip. Are… a ski resort north of the test site. Two days of skiing and relaxation was needed – and we did both! I'd left the logistics for our ‘mini-break' to Jarmo, as normal. He likes doing it… He did well.

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