Andreas Mikkelsen is to make his return to the World Rally Championship after confirming he will contest Rally Poland at the wheel of a Skoda Fabia WRC.
The 19-year-old, who became the youngest points scorer in the history of the WRC last season, has focused his attention on the Norwegian Subaru Cup and the Group N title fight in the Norwegian National Championship so far this year, but will now return to the top level of the sport in Poland.
“It'll be great to be behind the wheel of a WRC car again,” he said. “I really feel I'm ready now. The last six months of driving in Group N have definitely made me a better driver.”
The Skoda was last driven by PWRC front-runner Patrik Sandell on Rally Hedemarken in Sweden last year and has since undergone a complete makeover – including having a new engine fitted.
The car will benefit from a service crew from Skoda Motorsport for the Polish event.
“We will be taking the Skoda for a two-day test drive in Norway next week, but I haven't tried it yet,” Mikkelsen continued. “As far as the conditions we are expecting in Poland are concerned, I have heard that they will be very similar to those in Rally Finland, which means fast and good gravel roads.
“Even though I don't know much about the car and the roads in Poland, my goal is - of course - to win points.”