Volkswagen Motorsport II driver Andreas Mikkelsen is feeling 'quite confident' going to Germany even though he missed the event last year.
Mikkelsen had to withdraw twelve months ago after his then co-driver Mikko Markkula was diagnosed with two fractured vertebrae following a heavy landing in Finland.
Despite that though, Mikkelsen still got to do the recce for the Trier-based round and given his form this season with the Polo R WRC, should still be able to get a good result.
“Unfortunately I was not able to take part in the Rally Germany last year. As we did complete the 'Recce', however, I was able to gain a good impression of the special stages and the surface. Ola [Floene – my co-driver] and I ought to benefit from this experience this year," Mikkelsen explained.
“[Also] in 2012 I finished sixth in a Skoda [Fabia S2000], beating several more powerful World Rally Cars in the process, so I am quite confident.”
“I am looking forward now to finally contesting Volkswagen's home rally in the Polo R WRC,” he added. “It is particularly important for Volkswagen to get a good result at the Rally Germany. Everyone involved will be particularly focussed, and the interest in the media will be huge [especially as VW can clinch the Manufacturers' crown]. The many fans on the route and in the service park will once again give us fantastic support.
“However, the rally will by no means be easy, as the opposition is strong and it will be a completely new ball game at the first asphalt rally of the year,” he warned.