Andreas Mikkelsen and co-driver Ola Fløene will contest the 2011 Trofeo Rally Terra – the Italian Gravel Rally Championship – in a Škoda Rally Team Italia Fabia S2000 as an addition to the Intercontinental Rally Challenge which they will continue to run with Škoda UK Motorsport.
Škoda Rally Team Italia is the same team that runs the Fabia S2000 for Škoda UK Motorsport in the IRC, and also ran Mikkelsen on last year's Wales Rally GB, when he won the S-WRC category by over six minutes, finished tenth overall and scored a WRC point. The opening round of the Italian Gravel Rally Championship, the Rally dell'Adriatico, takes place on 1 April, and contains 68 miles of smooth and medium fast gravel stages.
“It's a fantastic opportunity to do the Italian Gravel Championship with Škoda Rally Team Italia and I'm really looking forward to it," Mikkelsen admitted, "It's the same guys that run the IRC programme for Škoda UK Motorsport and who ran the Fabia S2000 for me on last year's Rally GB, so we already know each other well and these additional rallies will help us grow stronger as a team. As this year's IRC features mostly asphalt rallies, the Italian Gravel Championship will also help me to keep my speed up on the loose – so it's a win-win situation, whichever way you look at it.”