Volkswagen Motorsport II pilot Andreas Mikkelsen is hoping to make his mark and notch up a 'big result' on Rally Sweden next week.

The Norwegian kicked off his 2014 WRC season with a very solid seventh place finish on the Monte last month and given his familiarity with competing on snow, he could well spring a surprise in his VW Polo R WRC, as he did in Sweden in 2008, when he finished fifth overall in a privately entered Ford Focus RS WRC.

This will be Mikkelsen's fourth Rally Sweden, having last done it in 2012, when driving a Soda Fabia S2000, he finished second in class to team-mate Sebastien Ogier, during VW's 'familiarisation' year in the WRC.

"I am looking to improve in 2014, and to make it onto the podium now and then," Mikkelsen stated ahead of round two in the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship. "For me, the Rally Sweden is a very important rally every year, as I feel right at home there.

"I also hope that the second year [with VW] will be easier. I am now able to continue working with my guys from last year, which allows us to improve our work.

"Driving on ice and snow is something that comes naturally to me, as I grew up with it. I hope we will have plenty of snow this year."

Mikkelsen will also benefit from plenty of support from his home fans, especially on the Thursday...

"The Rally Sweden's little detour into my native Norway is obviously rather special for me," added the 24-year-old. "Maybe a few of my fellow Norwegians will have their fingers crossed for me on 'Torsby' [SS2 and SS7].

"Whatever happens, I do not need to worry about a lack of support at the Rally Sweden.

"Here's hoping for a big result."



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