3 Aug 2009

Hirvonen hattrick at home

6:23 am on 3 August 2009

The Ford rally driver Mikko Hirvonen has made it three wins in a row with a dominant first title on home soil in the Rally of Finland.

The 29-year-old championship leader led from the second stage, and finished 25 seconds ahead of his Citroen rival and world champion Sebastien Loeb, with another Ford driver Jari-Matti Latvala third.

Hirvonen has 68 championship points, three more than Loeb, with the Spaniard Daniel Sordo another 21 points back in third place.