Andreas Mikkelsen says he is "incredibly" proud of his performance on Rally Poland and believes only a "few minor details" cost him victory.

The Volkswagen Motorsport II pilot ran in the top-two for all but one stage and on Friday afternoon got to within 1.9 seconds of team-mate and eventual winner, Sebastien Ogier.

The Norweigan then slipped back on Saturday morning, before closing back up in the afternoon, although in the end he had to settle for the runners-up spot, finishing 11.9 seconds back.

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"That was by far the best WRC rally of my career," Mikkelen said. "I like the characteristics and high-speed rallies like the one here in Poland and I came close to bagging a first win - it ultimately just came down to a few minor details.

"I am though incredibly proud of our performance here in Poland. Sure, we came close in Sweden too, but that was our home rally. To be battling for victory on a par with the World Champion here is of a completely different, far higher significance. We had a good pace over all three days and were close several times to Seb.

"I am confident it is only a question of time before we get our first win now. Second place in Poland is far from a poor result, and it is worth its weight in gold in the World Championship as we have now regained second place in the Drivers' and Co-Drivers' Championship."

Mikkelsen went into the final leg just 5.6s off Ogier, but knew that with only two stages to go on Sunday - repeat-runs through the 14.60 km Baranowo test - it would be tough to take the win.

"I pushed but it was not enough with normal driving. I needed a small mistake from Seb. After the first run I was a bit too cautious in a narrow section and did not want to take the risk of going flat-out. Seb did an amazing job on this rally. Big respect to him. I need a perfect rally to beat him. Over three days it is not easy," he added.

So does this result give him confidence for Finland?

"I hope so. Poland was a new event last year and we see with the new events we are fighting. Finland is an older rally and it is different. We do not have the experience on those stages. I hope to perform well and challenge for the podium there."