Volkswagen third driver Andreas Mikkelsen took the best WRC result of his career on the Acropolis Rally last weekend.
Mikkelsen started the last day in fifth, 25.7 seconds behind Nasser Al-Attiyah, after brake issues and a puncture cost him valuable time on Saturday afternoon. However, the two-time Intercontinental Rally Challenge title winner shone on the final leg, winning three of the four tests, to reclaim fourth and eventually beat the Qatari by 17.5 seconds.
It was an impressive drive and just for good measure he grabbed one bonus point in the Power Stage too, by setting the third quickest time.
“What an incredible rally and what an incredible final day,” Mikkelsen reflected. “Everything went in our favour today after yesterday's difficulties.
“We got into a good rhythm and tried to put pressure on Nasser Al-Attiyah in fourth place. And it worked. I had caught up and even got just ahead of Nasser by the end of the first run through the stages this morning. The fact that we also scored no less than three best times in the Special Stages was the icing on the cake, of course.
“On balance, we're satisfied with the outcome of the Rally Greece and our performance. It's the best WRC result of my career, so I'm really pleased. And it's thanks to my mechanics, who did outstanding work yesterday. All of that whets my appetite for more – I can't wait for the next rally in Sardinia.”
Volkswagen Motorsport director, Jost Capito meanwhile was impressed with Mikkelsen's form over the three-days of the event.
“His performance has been really fantastic. He overcame all the difficulties he faced and took fourth place at the end with an unstoppable final spurt. This is only his third rally, he is lacking a lot of experience in the Polo; he has only done a couple of days testing. Today though, he won three of the four stages, and when we asked him to push and he pushed. Also when we asked him to be safe he did that as well – he has developed very, very well,” Capito concluded.