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Andreas Mikkelsen

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Nationality:  NOR
Date of Birth: 22.06.1989
Age: 27
First Rally: 2006, Great Britain
Rally Wins: 3
Website: www.andreasmikkelsen.com

Season 2017

Classification: WRC
Car No: 9
Car: CITROËN C3 WRC
Team: CITROËN Total Abu Dhabi WRT
Co-driver: Anders Jaeger
Points: 16
Standing: 12
Rally Wins: 0
Retirements: 0
Podiums: 0

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Motor racing wasn’t always on Mikkelsen’s sporting horizon, and he started off on skis, becoming a member of the Norwegian junior ski team at the age of 12.

However, a knee injury brought his skiing career to a premature end, prompting a switch to rallying when he was 16.

To fast-track his progress he moved to Great Britain in 2006 and made his debut in the World Rally Championship in the same year. The following season he finished in the top ten on three of the eight WRC events he entered. Fifth place at the 2008 Rally Sweden when just 17 years and 233 days old makes him the youngest driver to win a World Championship point.

He won the 2011 Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) at the wheel of a Škoda Fabia S2000, and successfully defended his title in 2012 when he also contested eight WRC rounds for the fledgling Volkswagen Motorsport team.

An eight-round WRC programme with Volkswagen followed in 2013, as part of a long-term development programme with the German manufacturer. The programme accelerated with a full season in 2014, during which he edged closer to the pace of his more experienced team-mates. He made the WRC podium for the first time at Rally Sweden, and took another four by the end of the season.

More was expected of Mikkelsen in 2015 - and he didn't disappoint. A podium finisher on nine occasions, he matched his career best with second place in Poland, then bagged his maiden win at World Championship level in Spain following Sébastien Ogier's last stage crash. He ended the season placed third in the drivers' contest - just 12 points off the runner-up spot.

This upward trajectory continued in 2016, starting with second place at Rallye Monte-Carlo before a second victory in Poland. Mikkelsen bagged another podium in Corsica and had just Australia to go when Volkswagen dropped the bombshell that it would leave the WRC.

Suddenly looking for an alternative seat in 2017, Mikkelsen showed his potential in Australia with a hard-fought victory. But it wasn’t enough. After team-mates Ogier and Latvala secured drives with M-Sport and Toyota, Mikkelsen, almost unbelievably, was left with nothing.

His title aspirations on hold temporarily, expect Mikkelsen’s management team to keep him WRC-fit with various outings in 2017 before a proper return in 2018.

However, a knee injury brought his skiing career to a premature end, prompting a switch to rallying when he was 16.

To fast-track his progress he moved to Great Britain in 2006 and made his debut in the World Rally Championship in the same year. The following season he finished in the top ten on three of the eight WRC events he entered. Fifth place at the 2008 Rally Sweden when just 17 years and 233 days old makes him the youngest driver to win a World Championship point.

He won the 2011 Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) at the wheel of a Škoda Fabia S2000, and successfully defended his title in 2012 when he also contested eight WRC rounds for the fledgling Volkswagen Motorsport team.

An eight-round WRC programme with Volkswagen followed in 2013, as part of a long-term development programme with the German manufacturer. The programme accelerated with a full season in 2014, during which he edged closer to the pace of his more experienced team-mates. He made the WRC podium for the first time at Rally Sweden, and took another four by the end of the season.

More was expected of Mikkelsen in 2015 - and he didn't disappoint. A podium finisher on nine occasions, he matched his career best with second place in Poland, then bagged his maiden win at World Championship level in Spain following Sébastien Ogier's last stage crash. He ended the season placed third in the drivers' contest - just 12 points off the runner-up spot.

This upward trajectory continued in 2016, starting with second place at Rallye Monte-Carlo before a second victory in Poland. Mikkelsen bagged another podium in Corsica and had just Australia to go when Volkswagen dropped the bombshell that it would leave the WRC.

Suddenly looking for an alternative seat in 2017, Mikkelsen showed his potential in Australia with a hard-fought victory. But it wasn’t enough. After team-mates Ogier and Latvala secured drives with M-Sport and Toyota, Mikkelsen, almost unbelievably, was left with nothing.

His title aspirations on hold temporarily, expect Mikkelsen’s management team to keep him WRC-fit with various outings in 2017 before a proper return in 2018.

Rally Classification Co-driver Rank Points
Rallye Monte-Carlo WRC Anders Jaeger 7. 6
Che Guevara Energy Drink Tour de Corse WRC Anders Jaeger 7. 6
Vodafone Rally de Portugal WRC Anders Jaeger 44. 0
Rally Italia Sardegna WRC Anders Jaeger 8. 4

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