Having already exceeded his stated goal for the 2014 season, Volkswagen's Andreas Mikkelsen is looking forward to the remaining WRC events in Spain and the UK.

With five podiums, including two runner-up finishes on ice and snow - in Sweden - and the asphalt of France, the Norwegian has far surpassed the hopes many had of him this season. Third overall in the standings is all but secured and, with VW having landed another teams' title, the final two rallies in Spain and Great Britain present Mikkelsen with an excellent opportunity to set his sights on a maiden WRC victory.

"I head to Spain relatively relaxed, as my second place in France was enough to secure third place in the overall standings," he confirmed, "The result in France was important for me, as it relieved a little pressure, and that will certainly help me in my quest to finally claim my first win in the World Rally Championship."

Mikkelsen's ambitions may be tempered by the fact that VW team-mates Sebastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala remain locked in battle for the title, but he insists that he still has his sights set on top spot - a scenario that could help Latvala take matters to the final round, even if Mikkelsen maintains that he is not there to do his Nordic colleague any favours after five podiums in a row, the Norwegian pair are hungry for their maiden victory.

"I will probably take a few more risks to achieve my next goal," Mikkelsen admitted, "I have finished second on two occasions this season, and am closing in on win number one. If it does not come off in Spain, then hopefully [it will comes] in Wales at the latest."

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