Volkswagen Motorsport II driver Andreas Mikkelsen says he is "totally happy" with how he did on Rally Mexico last weekend.

Mikkelsen put in a calculated drive in his Polo R WRC and in contrast to his nightmare outing on this event twelve months ago, drove consistently and error-free, taking it relatively cautiously on the first runs, before pushing on the repeats after building up his experience.

His approach paid dividends and he set a number of top-three times, en-route to third place overall - matching what he did in Monte Carlo and Sweden. The result also helps him consolidate second place in the Drivers' Championship.

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"Third place at the Rally Mexico plus two bonus points on the Power Stage - that is an absolutely fantastic result for us," Mikkelsen said. "We do not have an awful lot of experience of the special stages here, so always set a safe pace.

"Our plan was to get through each special stage without making any mistakes. We executed that perfectly. I am totally happy with our rally. And second place in the championship does not look bad either.

"We are very far from Seb [Ogier - my team-mate and the championship leader], but the aim is to continue like this. I like Argentina [the next event] and I hear there are new stages this year. It will be good to get a result in Argentina."

Speaking in the post-event press conference, Mikkelsen also admitted that third was probably more than he expected.

"I am very happy [because] I know last year was a tough event with two crashes in three days. We paid the price for that a bit this year. I knew I had to be a bit clever. In the future I want to win every rally. [But] I tried to play it smart and enjoyed the stages. Third place is probably more than I expected," he confirmed.

Mikkelsen also had a chance to take second, having closed to within 4.5s off Mads Ostberg on Saturday. However, a scare in the first test on Sunday, made him take it a little more cautiously in the final two stages.

"When he [Ostberg] made a mistake [on Saturday morning], I knew it was more possible [to get second] but, at the same time, you realise just a tiny mistake could have cost me like last year," he explained.

"For me it was the first time through the 50 kilometre stage this morning [too]. I knew that Mads would try and keep me behind him. I raised my pace more than I wanted and tried to push a little. Then I made a mistake and we had a spin. After that I thought the risk was too high."

Meanwhile, Volkswagen boss Jost Capito was impressed with Mikkelsen's drive: "Andreas and Ola [Fl?ene - his co-driver] have had a superb start to the season. They produced a tactical masterclass and looked very good. You cannot forget that Andreas was making only his second appearance here and had hardly any experience of the special stages," he summarised.