|Date of Birth:
||2006, Great Britain
||Volkswagen Motorsport II
Here’s what makes him special:
• Young and talented, he’s the leader of Volkswagen Motorsport’s second team and is being groomed to be a future WRC champion.
• A sporting all-rounder, Mikkelsen hopes to follow the success of fellow Norwegian, 2003 world champion Petter Solberg
• The dashing Norwegian is the poster boy of the WRC
The story so far
Mikkelsen was 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.
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.
||14th in FIA World Rally Championship
||1st in Intercontinental Rally Challenge
||Intercontinental Rally Challenge Champion
||1st Group N Norwegian Rally Championship
||Contested 7 rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship
||Contested 8 rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship