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Rally Finland: I knew it would be tougher - Mikkelsen

Andreas Mikkelsen finishes fourth on Rally Finland in his Volkswagen Motorsport II Polo R WRC
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.”



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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)
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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