Andreas Mikkelsen says he will be aiming to regain second place in the Drivers' Championship with a "good result" on Rallye Deutschland.

The Volkswagen Motorsport II pilot slipped to fourth in the standings after his big crash in Finland last time out and is keen now to get back on the podium, something he has done five times so far this year, peaking with that runners-up spot in Poland last month.

"My retirement at Rally Finland meant that I lost second place in the drivers' championship and I want to regain that now with a good result at Rally Germany," Mikkelsen confirmed. "My aim is to be fighting for a top three spot."

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"Ahead of Rally Germany I tested in the vineyards so that I could get used to the surface at rally speed," he added. "I haven't driven on asphalt since the Rally Monte Carlo.

"But I'm looking forward to it."

Mikkelsen knows, however, that it won't be easy due to the nature of the event and the level of competition.

"I like the special stages in Germany and I hope that I can find my rhythm quickly. Last year I was the best Volkswagen driver in third place. Naturally we want to do better as a team this year," he continued.

"I expect that we will be fighting for the lead. But we can't forget about the competition: My friend Thierry Neuville and Hyundai won here last year. On top of that, Citroen with Kris Meeke and Mads Ostberg are always quick on asphalt.

"The weather can also be a crucial factor, since it changes constantly. So there are many different challenges to master."