WRC » Mikkelsen 'very close' to Volkswagen deal

Andreas Mikkelsen says he is 'very, very close' to signing a deal to drive a third VW Polo WRC in the 2013 WRC

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November 06, 2012 10:15 AM

This deal is as good as done

VW would be very silly after this lead up giving him most of the drives next to Ogier, after all he even got his nose infront of Ogier on a few occasions, but mostly stayed pretty much in touch with him on every Rally

He can only get better and faster with time, I think with the right programme and the right testing oppertunities this guy can be right up there

This is going to be like nothing before, 3 Top drivers in 1 team with a huge budget while the other teams are fighting over the scraps and struggling for budget, it all depends on the car now

John Kilbride - Unregistered

November 06, 2012 5:28 PM

A good bit of news on the rallying front for a change.
This man deserves a fulltime seat. Hope it is sign of things to come where talent is recognised as opposed to how deep your pocket is.

chris h - Unregistered

November 07, 2012 6:06 AM

@ John. It seems a little ironic that you see talen in Mikkelson as opposed to deep pockets. There is no doubt the guy has talent but you mustnt forget it was his fathers very deep pockets that got hin where he is now. The guy was in a WRC car when he was only 17 due to his dad paying for his drive. JML and Mads are the very same. You said last week that the likes of Nasser, Al Qasimmi and Paulo Nobre have made you dislike the WRC due to the way they can buy a seat. Would you say the same about them if they had the talent of Mikkelson. I think not. I do agree with you though its better Mikkelsons father seen the talent of his son and didnt try to drive aswell.

Daniel - Unregistered

November 07, 2012 3:26 PM

@chris h

I agree with you, thanks to his father Andreas was able to drive a WRC car for a few years ago. However, that changed in late 2008 when Andreas had to fight hard just to get a budget for competing in a Group N car, in the national championship 2009. A category he won by a big margin. When he later got picked up by Erik Veiby and his EvenRally talent development company, he was finally back in the international rallycircle again and now a few years later ready for a works drive at VW. Andreas has gone from a young driver with deep pockets to a guy who really deserves a factory seat.

John Kilbride - Unregistered

November 07, 2012 6:52 PM

Regarding last 2 comments regarding Mikkelsen.
I didnt know about his father financing his rallying but one thing is that Andreas can deliver the speed etc in comparison to what Nasser, Al quassimi etc.
I have no problem with a guy with deep pockets providing he can justify it by actually competing with the top guys and not just make up the numbers on the entry list.

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