Rally Poland: Mikkelsen ready to win – Capito

Volkswagen WRC boss Jost Capito says Andreas Mikkelsen showed 'great maturity' on Rally Poland and now has the speed to match team-mates Sebastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala
Volkswagen motorsport director Jost Captio believes it won't be too long now before Andreas Mikkelsen wins a WRC event.

Mikkelsen claimed the second podium of his WRC career on Rally Poland last weekend following a good battle with his team-mate and 2013 World Rally Champion, Sebastien Ogier.

Although he slipped back on Saturday and eventually finished more than a minute back - losing over 30 seconds in the penultimate test on day three due to brake problems - it was still a very good drive from the 25-year-old.

“I think Andreas has shown great maturity [here] and is ready to win a WRC event,” Capito said following the seventh round in WRC 2014.

“He has the speed to match Seb and Jari-Matti [Latvala – his VW team-mates] and he is getting in a position to win a rally.”

Mikkelsen, who won the Intercontinental Rally Challenge in both 2011 and 2012, also believes that his first WRC win is not too far away.

“We are getting closer and closer,” added the Volkswagen Motorsport II pilot.

“The potential is there but there are [still] things to improve. It may take time but, hopefully, it is not too far away.”

“I feel confident with the speed we are doing,” he continued. “Ola [Floene – my co-driver] [re-]joined me in Sardinia and it clicked back into place. We had six years together before and it feels good [to have him back alongside me calling the pace-notes].”

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Andreas Mikkelsen ,Ola Floene (Volkswagen Polo R WRC, #9 Volkswagen Motorsport II)
Andreas Mikkelsen ,Ola Floene (Volkswagen Polo R WRC, #9 Volkswagen Motorsport II)
Andreas Mikkelsen ,Ola Floene (Volkswagen Polo R WRC, #9 Volkswagen Motorsport II)
Andreas Mikkelsen ,Ola Floene (Volkswagen Polo R WRC, #9 Volkswagen Motorsport II)
Andreas Mikkelsen ,Ola Floene (Volkswagen Polo R WRC, #9 Volkswagen Motorsport II)
Andreas Mikkelsen ,Ola Floene (Volkswagen Polo R WRC, #9 Volkswagen Motorsport II)

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July 03, 2014 5:06 PM

Its Ironic that the Two most Likely drivers in the WRC to challenge Ogier are also employed by VW I think we could also see a surprise 1st win from Neuville in the coming events too Its Exciting for the new breed of Stars of tomorrows WRC


July 04, 2014 1:24 PM

Well, first of all what we need is to do is get out of this Global difficulty, so money is more available for the Sport, There are Talented young drivers around but money is short right now. I commend both Hyundai and VW for having more than 2 drivers, Even though Malcolm is mostly having to fund his own programme he is doing the right thing with young Elfyn, a development driver is always a good thing It has worked for VW and they are now seeing the fruits of their Labour. Richard Burns was a 3rd or Development driver for Subaru when Colin and Carlos were Lead Drivers and look how that turned out. I think Citroen have had their wings clipped in recent seasons But Malcolm is the one who seems to be having the toughest time of it. I know everyone misses the days when a WRC event had 30 plus stages and ran well into the Night with Rally cars that Pop and Bang with flames as long as a samuri sword out the back that are spectacular, but the speed of the modern WRC Cars is still there, I

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