Volkswagen Motorsport II driver Andreas Mikkelsen says he knew Rally Finland would be tougher than Poland, but he was still pleased with fourth.
Mikkelsen was a contender to win in Poland and while he had to settle for the runners-up spot, he had a good dice with team-mate, Sebastien Ogier.
However there was no repeat of that sort of performance in Jyvaskyla and he concluded the opening day almost 30 seconds off eventual winner, Jari-Matti Latvala in the #2 Volkswagen Polo R WRC.
Mikkelsen did improve his pace though as the event went on and at the finish had set nine top-three stage times – including taking four 'silvers'.
“I knew this would be tougher than Poland,” he confirmed, “but I'm happy with my fourth place and holding my [third] position in the [Drivers'] championship.”
“Once again, Rally Finland was a very special rally,” he added, “and is considered to be one of the most demanding rallies in the WRC calendar due to its particular traits. Ola [Floene – my co-driver] and I are therefore very pleased with fourth place.
“From Saturday, we were in a comfortable position overall, with a good time buffer to hold off our closest rival.
“We were therefore able to tackle the final day in a controlled manner, but we still wanted to attack during the Power Stage in order to be in with a chance of scoring a few bonus points for the championship. In the end, we finished in fourth place, but are happy with our performance overall.
“Congratulations to Jari-Matti and Miikka [Anttila] on winning Rally Finland.
"They very much deserved to win.”