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Rally Argentina: We couldn't have done more - Mikkeslen

Andreas Mikkelsen fights back to take fourth on Rally Argentina, a performance hailed by VW boss Jost Capito as the Norwegian's best yet on gravel.
Volkswagen Motorsport II driver Andreas Mikkelsen impressively fought his way back to finish fourth on Rally Argentina last weekend.

Mikkelsen looked set for a podium on Friday and was running third until a faulty alternator belt put him out in the final stage of the day. He then rejoined on Saturday and running under Rally 2 quickly hauled himself up from seventh to fourth, eventually finishing just 23.6 seconds off Citroen's Kris Meeke in third.

By the end Mikkelsen had posted 13 top-three stage times, including going quickest in SS6 and second in SS8 and SS11.

“I've never been so delighted to finish fourth,” Mikkelsen reflected after round five in WRC 2014. “After we failed to finish the last stage on Friday because of a technical glitch and were hit with a five-minute penalty as a result, we tried to make the best of things. We simply couldn't have done any more and I'm really pleased with our performance.”

“After gaining fourth place even quicker than we'd hoped on Saturday, we were a bit more cautious on Sunday. Lots of mud, thick fog – the last Special Stages were a real challenge. Nevertheless, we managed to make good a lot of time and shorten our gap to third place. All in all, we're very satisfied,” he added.

Volkswagen Motorsport director Jost Capito meanwhile hailed it as Mikkelsen's best gravel rally of his career.

“I think Andreas did a great job here and he had the pace of Sebastien [Ogier] and Jari-Matti [Latvala]. Unfortunately he had this problem [on Friday] but it was not his fault at all and then he came back and he didn't give up. I am sure that in the rallies he has some experience he will be very good and we will see him on the podium this year,” Captio noted.

“We've known for a long time we've signed a great up-and-coming driver in the shape of Andreas, but he proved it to everyone at this event with the best gravel rally of his career.”



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Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR), Mikko Markkula (FIN), Volkswagen Polo R WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport II
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Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR), Mikko Markkula (FIN), Volkswagen Polo R WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport II
Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR), Mikko Markkula (FIN), Volkswagen Polo R WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport II
Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR), Mikko Markkula (FIN), Volkswagen Polo R WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport II
Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR), Mikko Markkula (FIN), Volkswagen Polo R WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport II
Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR), Mikko Markkula (FIN), Volkswagen Polo R WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport II

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DafyddLarcombe

May 13, 2014 11:44 AM

Very Cunning and calculating of VW, In Andreas they have a driver that would otherwise be scoring points for another Rival Team. Here they have him signed up to a 2nd Tier Team keeping him from doing damage to them from the outside, also if anything happened to the Jari Matti or Ogier they have a Top driver who can step straight in and be upto speed with the Car and the Team Very Good and very thorough of Volkswagen. A complete Strategy.

VWSteve

May 14, 2014 12:48 PM

DafyddLarcombe I agree completely. Andreas is still learning at this level and Volkswagen is the perfect place to perfect his skills. As long as he keeps his head and keeps the car rubber side down for sure he will be a future title contender. As you said, Volkswagen have it fully sorted in the WRC, Two world class drivers and a 3rd up and coming world class driver to fill in as the situation requires. I just hope it does not become total domination of the sport and 'boring' Steve



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