Volkswagen Motorsport II driver Andreas Mikkelsen has vowed to come back strong and try and return to the podium after a nightmare run on Rally Mexico.

Mikkelsen twice crashed out in his Polo R WRC, first in the second stage on Friday, SS3, and then again on Saturday, and again in the second stage of the leg, this time SS13. Although he did eventually get to the end and thanks to Rally 2 was classified in 19th place, it was still bitterly disappointing, especially given his breakthrough second place finish last month in Sweden.

"A tough rally for us," said the Norwegian. "Retiring twice is not exactly what we had in mind. I just made too many mistakes."

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"Thanks to the great job done by my mechanics though, I was still able to gain a few kilometres of experience at the Rally Mexico on Sunday, which will allow us to push hard again next year. All in all, we learned an awful lot here - unfortunately we did it the hard way," he added.

"I will analyse it in detail now over the coming days, and will prepare as well as possible for the coming rally in Portugal.

"We will come back stronger [there], and hopefully return to the podium," summed-up the two-time Intercontinental Rally Challenge champion.