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Andreas Mikkelsen

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Nationality:  NOR
Date of Birth: 22.06.1989
Age: 28
First Rally: 2006, Great Britain
Rally Wins: 3
Website: www.andreasmikkelsen.com

Season 2018

Classification: WRC
Car No: 4
Car: Hyundai i20 WRC
Team: Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team
Co-driver: Anders Jaeger

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Here’s what makes him special:

• Undeniably capable, 2016 was his best WRC season yet, with six podiums and wins in Poland and Australia.

• Young and talented, he was being groomed by Volkswagen to be a future WRC champion until the manufacturer’s exit left him high and dry without a drive after 2016.

• Snapped up to provide a late season push to Hyundai’s title bid in 2017, Mikkelsen did enough to earn a contract with the manufacturer for 2018 and 2019.

The story so far

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 before Volkswagen dropped the bombshell that it would leave the WRC. He ended the season with victory in Australia, but it wasn’t enough to earn a 2017 drive.

Mikkelsen kept match-fit in the early part of the year in a Skoda Fabia in WRC 2, before Citroën recruited him to boost its troubled campaign. Hyundai Motorsport came calling on a similar rescue mission to aid its flagging manufacturers’ championship hopes and he joined the team for the final three rounds of 2017.

Having helped Hyundai secure runners-up spot in the manufacturers’ title race, the team moved quickly to secure the Norwegian’s services for 2018 and 2019. If he can build on his early promise aboard the i20 WRC, he could be a genuine title challenger.

Season Classification Starts 1. 2. 3. Car Points Standing
2017 WRC 9 0 1 0 Hyundai i20 WRC 54 12.
2017 WRC2 4 0 0 0 Hyundai i20 WRC 50 9.
2016 WRC 13 2 2 2 Volkswagen Polo R WRC 154 3.
2015 WRC 13 1 1 7 Volkswagen Polo R WRC 171 3.
2014 WRC 13 0 3 2 Volkswagen Polo R WRC 150 3.
2013 WRC 9 0 0 0 Volkswagen Polo R WRC 50 10.
2012 WRC 7 0 0 0 Skoda Fabia S2000 13 14.
2010 WRC 3 0 0 0 Ford Fiesta S2000 1 23.
2010 S-WRC 1 0 0 0 Ford Fiesta S2000 25 11.
2008 WRC 7 0 0 0 Ford Focus RS WRC 5 16.

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