Andreas Mikkelsen heads to the FIA World Rally Championship's Rally Poland hoping to take back second place in the drivers' standings at an event where the Volkswagen driver had a strong 2014 run.

Rally Poland features some of the fastest stages on the WRC calendar, with average speeds of almost 140 km/h, but it was Mikkelsen last year who drove the fastest stage in his Polo R WRC's history, and 136.88 km/h average.

"If you want to win the rally, you have to go at full speed, be confident and take certain risks. The streets are quite forgiving, but you can't afford to lose respect for them and you need to be alert and prepared for anything."

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Ultimately, the Norwegian was unable to beat team-mate Sebastien Ogier to win the event in 2014, but he still feels confident of improving on his result from last year.

"I had a lot of fun at the Rally Poland last year and delivered a good performance finishing in second - even if I didn't win the battle with Sebastien Ogier.

"My goal for the Rally Poland is definitely to regain second place in the drivers' standings and to build on my performance from last year."