With a rally win and a pair of second place finishes this year in his Skoda UK Motorsport Fabia S2000, Intercontinental Rally Challenge leader Andreas Mikkelsen feels confident ahead of round four of the series, the Tour of Corsica, and believes that he'll be able to profit from his current form and experience of rallying on the picturesque Mediterranean island.
Mikkelsen and co-driver Ola Floene have done the legendary asphalt rally three times, but it's the IRC champion's victory on the island's smaller regional Ronde De La Giraglia last year that may prove decisive.
This year's final leg is run in the northern-most Cap Corse area of the island near Bastia, and Mikkelsen is the only top IRC driver to have recently rallied on those twisty mountain roads.
“After good performances on tarmac in Gran Canaria and Ireland, I'm really feeling comfortable heading to Corsica,” said the Norwegian, who impressed last weekend on Rally Argentina.
“I enjoy the stages and we had a good rally there last year. A lot of the stages are the same, and the final leg of the event near Bastia is on the same stages we did on the Ronde De La Giraglia, so that will definitely be good for us.
“I'm happy to see Dani Sordo on the starting list [too]; he'll be a benchmark for us all, and it will be really interesting to fight against a top WRC driver on an IRC event,” Mikkelsen concluded.