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Andreas Mikkelsen

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Career Summary


Nationality:  NOR
Date of Birth: 22.06.1989
Age: 29
First Rally: 2006, Great Britain
Rally Wins: 3
Website: www.andreasmikkelsen.com

Season 2019

Classification: WRC
Car No: 89
Car: Hyundai i20 WRC
Team: Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team
Co-driver: Anders Jaeger-Amland
Points: 36
Standing: 7
Rally Wins: 0
Retirements: 0
Podiums: 2

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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.

• Remains the youngest driver to win a WRC point, when aged just 17.

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 team at the age of 12. However, a knee injury brought his career to a premature end, prompting a switch to rallying when he was 16.

To fast-track his progress he moved to Britain in 2006 and made his WRC debut the same year.

The following season Mikkelsen finished in the top 10 on three world events, and fifth at the 2008 Rally Sweden, when just 17 years and 233 days old, made 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.

The Norwegian stepped up to a Polo World Rally Car in 2013 and the following season he made the WRC podium for the first time in Sweden.

More was expected in 2015 - and he didn't disappoint. A podium finisher on nine occasions, he bagged his maiden win in Spain and ended the year third in the drivers' standings.

He added victories in Poland and Australia in 2016, but they were not enough to land a 2017 drive when Volkswagen left the WRC.

Mikkelsen kept match-fit in the early part of that year in a WRC 2 Skoda Fabia, before Citroën recruited him to boost its troubled campaign. Hyundai 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.

He remained with the Korean squad but 2018 was disappointing, and Mikkelsen netted just one podium finish.

Rally Classification Co-driver Rank Points
Rallye Monte-Carlo WRC Anders Jaeger-Amland 0. 0
Xion Rally Argentina WRC Anders Jaeger-Amland 2. 18


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