IRC: Hankook Barum Rally preview

Mikkelsen returns to Barum Czech Rally Zlin with Hankook Daventry, UK -- Hankook's Intercontinental Rally Challenge team is in action this weekend with Andreas Mikkelsen back at the wheel of the Hankook Ford Fiesta S2000 on the Barum...

Mikkelsen returns to Barum Czech Rally Zlin with Hankook

Daventry, UK -- Hankook's Intercontinental Rally Challenge team is in action this weekend with Andreas Mikkelsen back at the wheel of the Hankook Ford Fiesta S2000 on the Barum Czech Rally Zlin.

The Norwegian Rally ace contested the event last year for Hankook and is looking to build on this experience as the team returns to the prestigious IRC championship.

Mikkelsen and co-driver Ole Floene head to the start of the event in high spirits after a fine finish in the recent Stat Rallye Acores where they were fourth overall and recorded their maiden IRC stage win.

"Things are going well for us with two top five finishes on our most recent IRC events,'' said Andreas. "The car and the Hankook tyres are an incredibly powerful package on the stages although we know that competition this weekend is going to be tough and we are taking nothing for granted.''

The Barum Czech Rally Zlin is one of the toughest events in the IRC calendar but Andreas and Ole believe that a combination of experience here last year, a good recce, M-Sport prepared Ford Fiesta S200 and quality tyres from Hankook will enable them to compete at this high level.

And Hankook's UK motorsport manager Mike Patterson said he is looking forward to seeing how much the team has progressed after the summer break.

"We have been competing on both gravel and asphalt this season with successful results on both surfaces which is great for Hankook and our reputation on the rally stage,'' he said. "Our engineers have proven themselves time and time again by providing tyres which perform in all conditions.''

Action in the rally, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, gets underway on Friday with a spectator special in the centre of Zlin before two action packed days and the finish on Sunday.

The event is one of seven selected IRC rounds Mikkelsen will contest this year in the

-source: hankook

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