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Mikkelsen set for belated asphalt debut with Polo R WRC

2 October 2013

Volkswagen junior driver Andreas Mikkelsen has said he will be out to find a 'good rhythm' on Rallye de France, rather than go on the attack.

Mikkelsen should have got his first taste on asphalt with the Polo R WRC in Germany back in August. However he had to withdraw when co-driver Mikko Markkula was diagnosed with two fractured vertebrae.

Markkula is still on an injury enforced absence and as such, Paul Nagle will again be in the co-driver's seat in the #9 car for the eleventh round in the 2013 World Rally Championship, as he was in Australia a few weeks ago, when the duo finished in sixth place.

“I am looking forward to the Rally France,” Mikkelsen stated. “Last year, in the Skoda Fabia S2000, I was embroiled for long periods of the rally in a thrilling duel with [team-mate] Sebastien [Ogier], before I had problems with my engine. As such, I am excited to see how things pan out this time.”

“However, this is my very first asphalt rally in the Polo R WRC, as Mikko's injury unfortunately meant I was unable to start in Germany," he added. "I have had lined up at the Rally France twice in the past, and the fast asphalt stages really seem to suit me. It is a bit quicker there than at the Rally Germany, and it can also be extremely slippery if it rains.

“My goal is primarily to complete more kilometres and gain more experience on asphalt in the Polo R WRC. For this reason, I will not be going all out on the attack, but will first try to find a good rhythm,” confirmed the two-time Intercontinental Rally Challenge champion.


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