Andreas Mikkelsen will contest the Ronde De La Giraglia, a national rally on the island of Corsica, in his Skoda UK Motorsport Fabia S2000 next weekend, as an asphalt test for the forthcoming rounds of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge.

With nine out of twelve IRC rallies taking place on asphalt this year, Skoda UK is keen to purposefully fill the gap between now and round two of the series, Rally Islas Canarias El Corte Ingles, which takes place between 14-16 April.

The Ronde De La Giraglia is based in Bastia, on the northeast coast of the picturesque Mediterranean island.

The rally contains 10 stages - two on day one repeated three times and two more on day two attempted twice. The second day contains the longest stage of the event, the 15.78 mile (25.4km) Minerbio-Pino test.

These stages to the north of the island are some distance from the Ajaccio region, where round three of the IRC, Tour de Corse (13-15 May) will take place, yet they still offer an excellent opportunity to test on asphalt under competitive conditions.

"I've rallied in Corsica twice before, in 2007 and '08 in the WRC. It's quite abrasive asphalt, so a very good place to test for Gran Canarias," Mikkelsen said.

"I got a lot of test miles in the Fabia S2000 before the season started, so I feel comfortable in the car, and to get more competition miles on a proper rally before the next round of the IRC will be really good."



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