Andreas Mikkelsen says he is feeling “perfectly prepared” for Rally de Portugal and wants to leave the event as team-mate Sebastien Ogier's closest threat in the Drivers' Championship.
The VW Motorsport II driver, who is currently fourth in standings, was back on the podium in Argentina last month, and following that result he promised there would be a “big push”
next time out in Portugal.
“Third place in Argentina was very important for us and gives us a boost ahead of the coming rallies,” he said prior to round five in the 2016 World Rally Championship. “We are still on track in the championship and are now looking forward to Portugal, where I have had good results in recent years.”
“The route is almost identical to last year's. That does not happen often. We will have to wait and see whether that is an advantage for Anders [Jaeger – my co-driver] and me, as all the drivers will benefit from the fact that they already know the route,” he added.
“Despite this though, I am very confident, as the Volkswagen Polo R WRC ran really well in Portugal in 2015. It was no coincidence that we claimed a one-two-three there. Whatever happens, we are perfectly prepared ahead of Portugal.”
“My goal is to leave Portugal in second place in the Drivers' World Championship,” he affirmed.