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Mikkelsen bullish ahead of Corsica.

After a great drive on the Rally Catalunya, Andreas Mikkelsen has said he wants to try and perform just as well on the Rallye de France-Tour de Corse this coming weekend.

Mikkelsen ran in the top-ten throughout the three-days in Spain and brought his Ramsport-run Ford Focus home in eighth position - the second time he has scored at the top level following his fifth place finish in Sweden back in February, when he became the youngster ever points scorer in the history of the World Rally Championship.

The Norwegian was on the pace from the start and in total he set top-ten times in all the stages, bar just one, finishing more than 2 minutes up on Stobart Ford's Matthew Wilson in ninth.

His best stage results were a fifth quickest time on the opening day and a fourth fastest effort on the final leg in SS13, something that was really impressive, especially as this was only his second outing with his 2007 spec Focus.

"The result was due to the fact that we made the car as good as we could," he explained at the finish. "Of course there's always room to improve but the set-up changes we did just made the car better and better through the weekend. We're always learning and it was only the second WRC event for us in this car.

"It's all about finding a good rhythm and it's a very specific exercise doing that with this car on tarmac.

"We did one day of testing in advance of Spain and that helped a lot. In Germany [my previous WRC event] we struggled a little bit with the new car so wanted to familiarise ourselves a bit more and we made a few changes. It was feeling good after the test.

"We were happy with the recce and the shakedown went pretty well too. The first stage in particular [on Friday] we were really pleased with as we were fifth fastest. After that each day went well.

"We didn't do anything particularly special or different. We just had a good clean pace and everything came together and lasted all weekend without too much trouble. I'm really happy with a points result and will try my best to perform the same in Corsica now."


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Andreas Mikkelsen (N) Ford Focus WRC 07, RAMSPORT
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12.02.2017 - Alexey LUKYANUK (RUS) - Alexey ARNAUTOV (RUS) Ford Fiesta R5
12.02.2017 - Eric Camilli (FRA)-Benjamin Veillas (FRA) Ford Fiesta, M‐Sport World Rally Team
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12.02.2017 - Eyvind BRYNILDSEN (NOR) - Anders FREDRIKSSON (SWE) Ford Fiesta R5 Adapta Motorsport AS
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