Ford explains Mikko Hirvonen's engine damage was just too severe
|By David Evans||Friday, November 11th 2011, 18:53 GMT|
Ford technical director Christian Loriaux has revealed details of the engine problem which halted Mikko Hirvonen's World Rally Championship title challenge on Rally GB today, explaining that the damage was just too severe to contemplate a return under superally.
The radiator on Hirvonen's car was damaged when he spun on the Dyfnant test this morning.
The Finn made it through the stage, but retired on the following road section after the engine lost all its water.
Hirvonen had hoped to return to the stages tomorrow, but the team's investigations showed that it would be impossible.
Loriaux said: "When you run it so hot with no water, you wear the bore out, you wear everything out. But most of all, there was no compression left in it.
"You can restart it when it's like this by towing it really fast - and that's how he got it going on the road section again - but the state it was in, there was no chance. In fact, I'm quite surprised it ran for so long like that. But that's it."
Hirvonen's team-mate Latvala is upholding Ford honour in second place overnight, just one second behind rally leader and this year's world champion Sebastien Loeb.