Andreas Mikkelsen has revealed he just wants to get to the finish of Rallye Monte Carlo next month, what will be his first event with Skoda Motorsport UK, after he concluded a deal to replace the Peugeot UK bound Guy Wilks last month.
Mikkelsen has yet to do the classic and as part of his preparations for the opening round of the 2010 Intercontinental Rally Challenge, he has sought advice from Monte 2006 winner and his coach for the last two years, Marcus Gronholm.
“I've never done Rallye Monte Carlo, so it will be all new for me. It's a very famous event, but it's also the toughest in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge calendar because you have asphalt, snow, ice and gravel – and sometimes all four in the same stage,” Mikkelsen said.
“The challenge for me will be to get around and reach the finish. I don't have a top three or a top five result in mind, I just want to get around the route without making a mistake and see what happens.
“I think if we can achieve that, then the result will follow and hopefully we can leave Monte Carlo with some points on the table – which is very important at the start of the season.
“I've spoken to Marcus about Monte Carlo, because he has won it and knows the event very well. It's a rally he doesn't really like because it's so unpredictable and quite scary, but his advice has been invaluable in the past and I'm sure it will be so now.
“I'm excited about making my Rallye Monte Carlo debut and I'm really looking forward to the year ahead.
“To be in a top car and with a top team behind me has never happened before, and we have a really good test schedule planned so the amount of driving I will do in 2011 will help me a lot.
“Every aspect we have everything one hundred percent and I'm sure we can be up there challenging for rally wins. I think it should be a great year,” he summed-up.