IRC: Mikkelsen heads close battle for Corsica IRC glory

Craig Breen's hopes of a maiden podium finish in the IRC suffered a setback when a front driveshaft failed on stage two, which he started in third overall following an impressive run through the opening test in his Saintéloc Peugeot. The Irishman is languishing in 24th after three stages, while punctures delayed Red Bull Team's Hermann Gassner Jr and Skydive Dubai's Rashid Al-Ketbi.

Andreas Aigner's return to regular international competition has got off to a strong start with the Austrian topping the IRC Production Cup classification in his Stohl Racing Subaru Impreza R4 STI. Pierre-Antoine Guglielmi heads the IRC 2WD Cup runners in his Renault Clio R3. Emmanuel Guigou is the top Renault Mégane driver in 18th position. However, intercom problems have delayed rallying legend Francois Delecour in a similar car. The former Corsica winner is 25th starting day two.

Japanese Subaru driver Toshi Arai holds 20th overall with Tommi Makinen Racing team-mate Jarkko Nikara, from Finland, 22nd. Hungarian Menya Krozser completes the top 30 in his Honda Civic Type R.

Friday's route now takes crews from the overnight halt in Calvi to Bastia with the bulk of the stages based around the town of Corte in the centre of the island. In total there will be five stages on day two over a competitive distance of 115.19 kilometres with the first run starting at 08:27hrs local time.

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Dani Sordo. MINI John Cooper Works S2000. Corsica. [Pic credit: IRC]
Giandomenico Basso. M-Sport Ford Fiesta RRC. Tour de Corse [Pic credit: IRC]
Andreas Mikkelsen. Skoda UK. Corsica. [Pic credit: IRC]

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stefanvv - Unregistered

May 11, 2012 5:40 PM

AFAIK Mikkelsen drives for Skoda UK, not for VW. You can't really tell who is the faster of 2 drivers until you put them in equal cars for at least couple of rallies, so I guess it is not easy decision. I also don't think Ogier is pushing really hard this year. After Monte Carlo he seem to slow down and do his job - gather experience for VW team. Mikkelsen is very talanted no doubt. As for Ostberg, we saw his great potential this year (and glimpses last one), he will be champion probably some day he has lot of time ahead of him. I can see new wave of Norvegian drivers coming at the heights here.


May 11, 2012 10:37 AM

This Guy really is starting to show his true colours, matching Ogier is not easy in equal machinary, but he did this for most of Argentina, now he is infront of Sordo in Corsica in a proper S2000 Car as opposed to the RRC that is if anything a little bit quicker than an S2000 and should be infront quite easily I think this Guy could do really well in a new generation 1.6 WRC car, if VW doesnt sign him its because Jari Matti is going there instead, if this happens then Ford have to quickly move to sign Andreas, maybe an all Norweigen team will be born, like Ford has been all Finnish in the past, that wouldnt be the end of the world for Ford....

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