Volkswagen Motorsport II pilot Andreas Mikkelsen says it was "absolutely awesome" for him to finish second on Rallye de France.

Mikkelsen put in a great performance and was trading times with team-mate and eventually winner, Jari-Matti Latvala on the opening day, finishing the first loop just 0.7 seconds back. He then cut that gap to just 0.2 seconds in SS4, before falling back and ending the leg 8.2 seconds adrift.

Although the Norwegian was unable to maintain that challenge on Saturday and fell further back before opting to ensure he got 'silver', it was still a very good drive and the result means he is now 50 points clear of Mikko Hirvonen in the Drivers' Championship and all but assured of third place in the standings.

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"An absolutely outstanding Rally France for us!" said Mikkelsen at the finish after notching up his fifth rostrum result of the year.

"We have improved greatly on asphalt since the Rally Germany. We feel more at home than ever on this surface in the Polo R WRC. We prepared perfectly during the tests and developed a really good set-up."

"Friday was superb, as was Saturday - but we were unable to match the pace of my team-mate Jari-Matti," he added.

"After that we focussed on securing second place. It feels absolutely awesome to have achieved that on asphalt.

"Not bad for a Norwegian, hey?"