Skoda UK Motorsport's Andreas Mikkelsen is planning the ultimate celebration run on the Cyprus Rally next week, as the 23-year old Fabia S2000 pilot is set to become the first - only - driver to retain the Intercontinental Rally Challenge title.
Mikkelsen and co-driver Ola Floene won their first IRC titles with victory in Cyprus last year, and with an unassailable points lead heading into the final round of this year's series - and final round full-stop, as the IRC won't take place in 2013
- neither can be beaten to the drivers' and co-drivers' titles.
With Skoda already confirmed as IRC Manufacturers' champions for the third consecutive year, Mikkelsen and the entire Skoda UK Motorsport team are determined to end the IRC season on a high, and will be pushing as hard as ever to score a good result.
Victory in Cyprus will not be easy, however, as a tough challenge is likely to come from the turbocharged Fiesta RRC driven by Nasser Al-Attiyah and the normally-aspirated Fabia S2000 of Sepp Wiegand.
“I love competing in Cyprus, the stages are really tough and challenging and we won there last year, so I'm looking forward to returning,” Mikkelsen said.
“It's a great feeling to know that I've become the first driver to win back-to-back IRC drivers' titles and that Skoda is already manufacturer champions for a third time, so we can now go to Cyprus and have some fun. We will try to win, because I want to give all the guys in the team who have worked so hard for this year's success, plus all our fans, a really great ending to what has been a truly fantastic season.”