Volkswagen Motorsport II pilot Andreas Mikkelsen will start Wales Rally GB, despite a scare on the eve of the event that forced him to skip the shakedown.
Mikkelsen, who secured his maiden WRC victory last time out in Spain, had “not felt 100 per cent” on Wednesday and flew to Germany last night for a medical check-up by the teams doctors, described as a “precautionary measure” by VW. Luckily though, the “results came back clear” and he will now compete as originally planned.
“Unfortunately we had to skip the shakedown today. I was not feeling 100 per cent yesterday. We sat down with the doctors and decided I should go for a thorough check-up, as a precaution,” Mikkelsen explained. “That did not reveal anything, so we were given the green light for the rally.
“I'm okay, but I have obviously missed out on the experience I would have gained on the shakedown. I usually find it easy enough to switch from asphalt, as we had last time out in Spain, to the gravel we have here in Great Britain. I am looking forward to the rally now.
“I want to find the special rhythm you need here in Wales as quickly as possible, then push really hard. This is where I used to live, did my driving test and started my career. As such, I am really motivated to end the season in style in my second home.”
Volkswagen boss Jost Capito added: “Andreas had to miss today's Shakedown, as he was not feeling well yesterday. Our doctors preferred to give him a thorough check-up and have [now] given him the green light to start the rally.”