Mikko Hirvonen announces retirement

The WRC veteran is calling it quits at the conclusion of this season.

Mikko Hirvonen has been rallying at the WRC level for over a decade, but the Finnish driver will not be competing in the 2015 season-opener in Monte Carlo. Yes, after 162 starts at the pinnacle of rally, the 34-year-old will be hanging up the helmet.

He has one start left, which will come in the season-ending Wales Rally GB next weekend. Hirvonen currently sits fourth in the championship standings with two podium results this year for M-Sport.

He's won 15 rallies in his time competing in the WRC, finishing runner-up in the points on four occasions. His most recent victory came in the 2012 Italian Rally. He's also collected 68 podiums and 259 stage wins during his impressive career.

Hirvonen is also the winner of the 2010 Monte Carlo Rally.

“I have travelled all around the world, met some fantastic people and have loved every rally and every fight that I have had with some exceptional drivers,” Hirvonen said in a release.

“I won some and I lost some but, for sure, I will look back on these moments to the end of my days with a great big smile on my face.”

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Series WRC
Drivers Mikko Hirvonen
Teams M-Sport
Article type Breaking news
Tags m-sport, retirement