Volkswagen Motorsport II driver Andreas Mikkelsen did a 'fantastic job' and took fourth on Rally de Portugal last weekend.

Mikkelsen had a bit of a nightmare event in Mexico last month, but a mature and calculated drive in his Polo R WRC paid dividends on the fourth round in the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship and he notched up 12 points, increasing his speed as the event went on, culminating with two third fastest times and a fifth on the final day.

"We tried to push the limit without taking any risks. It's been a good event. My self-confidence is back where it should be," Mikkelsen noted after the final stage. "We stuck to the plan and we didn't want to push without feeling comfortable. It's been a good weekend overall. If the feeling stays with the car we'll try hard in Argentina."

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Despite the boost though, it wasn't easy, especially as the decision to make new pace notes backfired at bit when the recce was disrupted by heavy rain and flash flooding.

"We decided to write some new pace notes [here]. However, the heavy raid during the 'recce' made visibility so poor that I could not really put any faith in the new pace notes. The variable conditions at the start of the rally also made me a bit cautious," he continued.

"I lost a lot of time, but the last thing I wanted to do was to take too many risks. That paid off, in terms of the result: fourth place is the best we could really have hoped for as it turns out. I was happy with my own performance again on Sunday [too]. The rhythm was good. I am looking forward to the coming rally now in Argentina," he added.

Volkswagen boss Jost Capito meanwhile praised Mikkelsen for making the 'most of a difficult situation' and 'showing great maturity in the process'.

"Andreas has done a fantastic job. He was conservative on Friday, but he had crashed two times in Mexico, but this time there were no mistakes.

"On Saturday he improved with more confidence and pace. He had a slight technical problem, but then he was top five and then fourth. These points are good for him and he will be strong through the season," Capito noted.