WRC »

Mikkelsen: Rallye Monte Carlo not to my taste

Andreas Mikkelsen says if he can match his third place from 12 months ago at Rallye Monte Carlo he'll leave delighted and admits it's an event he doesn't favour.
Andreas Mikkelsen says if he can match his third place from 12 months ago at Rallye Monte Carlo he will leave the opening round of the 2016 World Rally Championship delighted as he admits it is an event he doesn't relish.

The Volkswagen Motorsport II driver is gearing up for a sixth consecutive campaign with the German manufacturer having enjoyed the most successful season of his career in 2015 by finishing third in the drivers' championship and taking nine rostrums results, including the highlight of a maiden WRC at Rally de Espana.

Having uncovered unnerving consistency with the Volkswagen Polo R WRC machine - the Norwegian missed out on the podium just four times all year - Mikkelsen will now be targeting his team-mates in the VW manufacturer championship squad; Sebastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala.

Despite this, Mikkelsen feels third place would be a satisfying start to 2016 after grabbing the same result last season.

“I will admit that the Rally Monte Carlo is not one of my favourite rallies,” Mikkelsen said. “I finished third here last year, and that would be an outstanding result again in 2016.”

Mikkelsen will also competing alongside new co-driver Anders Jaeger for the first time in the World Rally Championship and is confident the pair can form a potent partnership at this unique mixed surface rally.

“I will be driving alongside my new co-driver Anders Jæger from now on. It will certainly take a while for us to get up to 100 per cent,” he said. “I have an extremely positive feeling after all the tests with Anders. I am sure we will find our rhythm after a few special stages.”



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Andreas Mikkelsen, Volkswagen Motorsport II, WRC [Credit: VW PR]
21.05.2017 - 1st place Sébastien Ogier (FRA)-Julien Ingrassia (FRA) Ford Fiesta WRC, M‐Sport World Rally Team, 2nd place Thierry Neuville (BEL)-Nicolas Gilsoul (BEL) Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC, Hyundai Motorsport and 3rd place Dani Sordo (ESP)-Marc Marti (ESP),Hyundai i2 Coupe WRC, Hyundai Motorsport
21.05.2017 - Pontus Tidemand (SWE)-Jonas Andersson (SWE) Skoda Fabia R5 WRC2, Skoda Motorsport
21.05.2017 - Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR)-Anders Jaeger (NOR) SKODA FABIA R5, SKODA MOTORSPORT
21.05.2017 - Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR)-Anders Jaeger (NOR) SKODA FABIA R5, SKODA MOTORSPORT
21.05.2017 - JEAN-MICHEL RAOUX (FRA) - THOMAS ESCARTEFIGUE (FRA) CITROEN DS3 WRC
21.05.2017 - Martin Prokop (CZE) - Jan Tomanek (CZE) Ford Fiesta RS WRC, ONEBET JIPOCAR WORLD RALLY TEAM
21.05.2017 - Martin Prokop (CZE) - Jan Tomanek (CZE) Ford Fiesta RS WRC, ONEBET JIPOCAR WORLD RALLY TEAM
21.05.2017 - SHEIK KHALID AL QASSIMI (ARE) - CHRIS PATTERSON (GBR) CITROEN C3 WRC, CITROËN TOTAL ABU DHABI WRT
21.05.2017 - SHEIK KHALID AL QASSIMI (ARE) - CHRIS PATTERSON (GBR) CITROEN C3 WRC, CITROËN TOTAL ABU DHABI WRT
21.05.2017 - Mads Ostberg (NOR)-Ola Floene (NOR) Ford Fiesta WRC, M‐Sport World Rally Team
21.05.2017 - Mads Ostberg (NOR)-Ola Floene (NOR) Ford Fiesta WRC, M‐Sport World Rally Team
21.05.2017 - Essapeka Lappi (FIN) Janne Ferm (FIN), TOYOTA YARIS WRC, TOYOTA GAZOO RACING WRT
21.05.2017 - Essapeka Lappi (FIN) Janne Ferm (FIN), TOYOTA YARIS WRC, TOYOTA GAZOO RACING WRT
21.05.2017 - Essapeka Lappi (FIN) Janne Ferm (FIN), TOYOTA YARIS WRC, TOYOTA GAZOO RACING WRT
21.05.2017 - Essapeka Lappi (FIN) Janne Ferm (FIN), TOYOTA YARIS WRC, TOYOTA GAZOO RACING WRT
21.05.2017 - Juho Hanninen (FIN)-Kaj Lindstrom (FIN) Toyota Yaris WRC, Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT
21.05.2017 - Juho Hanninen (FIN)-Kaj Lindstrom (FIN) Toyota Yaris WRC, Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.