Volkswagen Motorsport II driver Andreas Mikkelsen says he is determined to fight for victories and podiums from the word go next season.

Mikkelsen finished third in the Drivers' Championship this year, scoring 150 points and taking five podiums, including runners-up spots in Sweden, Poland and France.

He now wants to push on in 2015 and regularly take the fight to team-mates Sebastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala.

"We can be proud of what we have achieved this season. With five podiums we have exceeded our own expectations. Third place in the Drivers' Championship is the best result of my career," said the 25-year-old.

"I am looking forward to a bit of a rest now over the coming weeks, but also to the 2015 season. We are determined to be challenging for victories and podiums right from the word go.

"That is my goal," he underlined.

Meanwhile, looking back on last weekend's Wales Rally GB, where he crashed out twice, the Norwegian added it was not the way he wanted to go into the off-season.

He did, however, take some comfort from his pace on day two, when he won five of the nine stages, a good indication of what might have been possible.

"Unfortunately it was not the end to the season I had hoped for. I would have liked to have given the team something better than two offs," added the two-time Intercontinental Rally Challenge champion.

"However, the conditions were particularly difficult and mistakes happen quicker at Wales Rally GB than anywhere else. I am disappointed, but I believe we matched the pace of our team-mates and could have challenged for the win."



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