Your Top 10 World Rally Drivers of the Year 2012: 5: Andreas Mikkelsen

Nationality: Norwegian Team: Volkswagen Motorsport (WRC) / Skoda UK (IRC) Car: Skoda Fabia S2000 Championship position: 14th (WRC) / 1st (IRC) Points: 13 points (WRC) / 168 points (172 points in total, best eight rounds counted) (IRC) Events: 8 (out 13) (WRC) / 10 (out of 13) (IRC) Wins: 0 (WRC) / 2 (IRC) Podiums: 0 (in total) (WRC) / 7 (in total) (IRC) Points finishes: 2 (WRC) / 9 (IRC) Stage wins: 1 (WRC) / 58 (IRC) Power Stage wins: 0 (WRC) / N/A (IRC)

Andreas Mikkelsen successfully defended his Intercontinental Rally Challenge crown in 2012, finishing the season with 67 points more than his closest rival.

In total the Skoda UK man took seven podiums - including two wins.

He also got the chance to run with Volkswagen in the WRC, alongside Sebastien Ogier, doing eight events and taking two seventh places in Germany and Sardinia.

Such was his form that he will get the chance to step up with Volkswagen next year, competing in a third Polo R WRC on all the events from Portugal onwards.

His performances obviously impressed you too, and despite retirements in Argentina, Greece and Belgium, as well as events to forget in Finland and Spain, you gave him an average mark of 6.620 out of ten, placing him ahead of the likes of Mikko Hirvonen, Jari-Matti Latvala and Petter Solberg.

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Also, don't forget to check back tomorrow to see who has been ranked in fourth place.

Past vote results for Mikkelsen:

World Rally Driver of the Year vote 2011: 9th
World Rally Driver of the Year vote 2010: N/A
World Rally Driver of the Year vote 2009: N/A
World Rally Driver of the Year vote 2008: 12th's World Rally Driver of the Year 2012 - results so far:

6. Mikko Hirvonen 7. Jari-Matti Latvala 8. Dani Sordo 9. Petter Solberg 10. Ott Tanak