WRC RallyRACC Catalunya - Rally de Espana: Mikkelsen crashes out

Andreas Mikkelsen retires from RallyRACC Catalunya - Rally de Espana after crashing out in SS12
Volkswagen Motorsport II pilot Andreas Mikkelsen has retired from RallyRACC Catalunya - Rally de Espana after crashing out in SS12.

Mikkelsen stopped 2.5 kilometres into the repeat-run through Alcover-Capafonts, the first test of the afternoon loop, with his car coming to rest on its side against a tree after he hit the Armco and was pitched into a series of rolls. Mikkelsen and co-driver Anders Jaeger both escaped unharmed.

The Norwegian had been running third overall, 37.4secs off team-mate Sebastien Ogier in second and 10.4secs up on Hyundai's Thierry Neuville in fourth.

He will not re-start on Sunday under Rally 2 as his car cannot be repaired in time.

Meanwhile, Mikkelsen's exit all-but guarantees Ogier his fourth Drivers' title, with only Neuville now a theoretical threat – although for the Belgian to remain in contention, he needs to win here and score maximum points in the Power Stage, with Ogier not scoring at all.

by Rob Wilkins

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Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR)-Anders Jaeger (NOR) Volkswagen Polo, Volkswagen Motorsport II

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