Mikkelsen to drive new Ford Fiesta S2000 in Sweden

Ford selects Andreas Mikkelsen to drive the new Ford Fiesta S2000 car in Sweden.
Andreas Mikkelsen will debut the new Ford Fiesta S2000 in the World Rally Championship, it has been announced.

Mikkelsen will compete in Sweden next month, what will be the cars second competitive outing, as BP Ford Abu Dhabi #1 driver Mikko Hirvonen will drive it on the Monte Carlo Rally next week, the opening round in the 2010 Intercontinental Rally Challenge.

"We see this as a vote of confidence," said Mikkelsen, "and it will be exciting to drive such a highly-anticipated car that has been built with the future in mind and fits perfectly into our long-term plans."

Mikkelsen has driven in Sweden just once before, in 2008, when he ended up in fifth place overall in a Ford Focus WRC and became the youngest driver ever to take World Championship points.

"Ford choosing Andreas as the driver in Sweden shows the position he has gained internationally," said his manager, Erik Veiby. "This will be an exciting season internationally for Andreas and [his co-driver] Ola [Floene].

"All the details are not finalised yet, but we are close to a decision with regard to the IRC series and we are also working on joining the new S-WRC category."

In addition to extensive international competitions, Mikkelsen will also compete in selected National Rally Championship rounds this year in a Subaru Impreza cup car. He got off to a flying start recently too by winning the Group N class on the Rally Sigdal.

Mikkelsen's next event will be the Mountain Rally in Gol in a week's time. After that his focus will shift to Sweden and a pre-event test with the all-new Ford Fiesta Super 2000 car.

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Andreas Mikkelsen and Ola Floene celebrate victory on the KNA Rally Finnskog [Pic credit: Norwegian Rally Championship]

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Dafydd Larcombe - Unregistered

January 14, 2010 4:40 PM

Wow, now thats what I call an exciting season, potentially a Full championship Assault in both the S-WRC and the IRC. The Mountain Rally is always a Good Rally and will provide simular conditions to Sweeden too. I have said for a few years and I say it again, Andreas Mikkelsen will be a Future World Champion one day if he gets the right programmes now and consistancy that is Required for him to progress. It seems that the S-WRC is going to be even more hotly Contested than the WRC. Well, its going to be fun watching this season with all thats going on, there will be no shortage of battles. I hope Andreas does well in Sweeden, He should do with his Snow experience form Norway.

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