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Mikkelsen pushing for Belgium and Italy comeback

Andreas Mikkelsen is chasing a return to the FIA World Rally Championship for the last two rounds of the 2020 season in Belgium and Italy.

The Norwegian could be seen aboard a Škoda Fabia Rally2 evo at Renties Ypres Rally Belgium (19 - 22 November), before stepping up to a Citroën C3 World Rally Car for ACI Rally Monza (4 - 6 December).

“I have been talking to Škoda about Ypres,” said Mikkelsen. “I would really like to do it – like I’d really like to do Monza as well, but nothing is decided yet.

“I drove the Škoda as part of a development test recently. They wanted me to give my feedback on the car and it was very good.”

Video: Renties Ypres Rally Belgium teaser

Mikkelsen has history with the Czech manufacturer, impressing with his speed to dominate WRC 2 in Monte-Carlo and France in 2017 aboard a factory Fabia.

The 31-year-old has just finished Pirelli’s C3 test programme in Sardinia ahead of the Italian company’s full-time WRC return in 2021. He completed around 1400km on the island over recent months in a Saintéloc-prepared car.

He hopes his Pirelli links will be enough to persuade the Milan-based company to tackle its local round of the WRC.

“Doing Monza with Pirelli is something we’ve been talking about. It would make sense, it’s Pirelli’s home rally. It could be fantastic to take that car and those tyres to the last round of this year’s WRC,” enthused Mikkelsen.

Mikkelsen completes Pirelli testing

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Andreas Mikkelsen has finished Pirelli’s Citroën C3 test programme in Sardinia ahead of the Italian company’s full-time ...

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The three-time world rally winner hasn’t competed in the WRC since finishing sixth at last year’s Wales Rally GB with Hyundai Motorsport. His deal with the Korean manufacturer wasn’t renewed at the end of the season.

He did, however, participate in both shakedown and the Wolf Power Stage (where he co-drove countryman Petter Solberg) aboard the black and yellow-liveried C3 at Rally Italia Sardegna earlier this month, helping Pirelli launch its 2021 rubber.