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Sat 10 Jun 2023

Mikkelsen hoping Italy win expands WRC2 opportunities

Andreas Mikkelsen is hoping his Rally Italia Sardegna WRC2 win will boost his chances of further FIA World Rally Championship outings this season.

Toksport Škoda driver Mikkelsen demonstrated his consistency aboard the Fabia RS Rally2 with two podiums from two WRC2 rounds, following his third-place finish at last month’s Vodafone Rally de Portugal.

The Norwegian always knew his programme would be limited, but he’s hoping 42 points from the 56 available will be enough to get him back out on the stages soon.

“I was glad to get through the event in Sardinia,” he said. “That final stage was a little bit crazy with all the aquaplaning in the mud and the rain. It was a tough one.

“I was happy with the weekend, our approach was quite sensible. In these conditions to push to the maximum all the time, something happens. I think we went with the correct strategy and in the end it proved to be enough for a win.

“Let’s see what will be out next event. I have to sit down with my partners after [Sardinia] – that was the plan: we do these two events and then we have a sit down and see what we do next. Hopefully in a week or two I know what the next event will be.”