Hirvonen not chasing glory at Dakar Rally

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Mikko Hirvonen admitted on Tuesday that it was unlikely that he would take risks in this year's Dakar Rally in a bid to try and win it.

Hirvonen continued to impress in his maiden Dakar Rally on Tuesday as he finished fifth on the day and occupies fourth-place overall. 

"It was raining quite heavily in some places, but we got through with no mistakes and pretty consistent with the pace as well. So yeah, we're happy with that," the Finn said. 

Hirvonen went into his first Dakar with low expectations, hoping to just learn from the experience. However, after his fast start, the winner of 15  WRC competitions is now well placed to compete for glory at the race. The 35-year-old was quick to play-down any suggestions that he was a contender to be Dakar champion. 
"I'm not going to take those risks at this point of the race and maybe not this year," he explained.