Andreas Mikkelsen is looking to make a solid start to the 2015 World Rally Championship, stating that 'anything better than seventh' will be a success for the Volkswagen Motorsport driver.

The Norwegian experienced his first Rallye Monte Carlo 12 months ago, finishing seventh, and hopes to improve on that to set himself up for a successful season in the VW Polo R. He is aware the unpredictable conditions could play a big role in the WRC season-opener.

"The fact that I live in Monaco is not really much of an advantage for me, as I don't know the mountains all that well," Mikkelsen said. "The conditions up there are very unsettled, so anything better than seventh place would be a success for me."

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Mikkelsen competed for the factory-backed VW in nine rounds in 2013 before signing for his first full season last year. The 27-year-old finished third in the drivers' standing in 2014, completing a 1-2-3 finish for VW.

The Norwegian is now aiming to beat team mates, reigning champion Sebastien Ogier and two-time WRC runner-up Jari-Matti Latvala, starting with a positive result at Monte Carlo.

"My main aim is to finish the rally in the points, and then to head to Sweden in a positive frame of mind. That would be a solid foundation for the rest of the season.

"I would like to back up the third place I claimed in the overall standings last year, and perhaps challenge my team-mates a few more times. Who knows, maybe I could even go one better this time."