Andreas Mikkelsen had to settle for fourth on Rally Australia this weekend after picking up a ten-second penalty on the final day.

The Volkswagen Motorsport II pilot trailed Citroen's Kris Meeke by 8.8s at the end of the second leg and closed the gap to 4.2s on the opening loop on Sunday.

However, he was then penalised after he was a minute late checking into service G. He eventually finished 5.9s back.

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Despite missing out on his seventh podium of the year though, the Norwegian insisted he was pleased with his form over the three-days in Coffs Harbour.

"I am totally happy with our performance and had a really good rally - it was one of the best performances we have ever done," Mikkelsen said after the tenth round in the World Rally Championship.

"We did our very best right from the word go - in the end we had to 'settle' for fourth place and that is of course not exactly what we came for," he added.

"Based on the actual driving alone though, we could even have finished third, as we more than made up the 8.8 seconds we trailed Kris Meeke by coming into the final 70 kilometres or so.

"However, we were handed a ten-second penalty for checking in too late ahead of the midday service on Sunday. That was too much for us to make up, although we had a really good attempt.

"It is a shame that we ultimately missed out on our seventh podium of the season by just 5.9 seconds - but we have strengthened our grip on third place in the World Championship.

"Looking back, I am generally happy with Rally Australia and am looking forward to the remaining rallies in France, Spain and Wales."