Hankook launches IRC plans with Norwegian ace Mikkelsen Tyre giant Hankook has confirmed its international rally plans with news that it is renewing its successful partnership with Norwegian ace Andreas Mikkelsen. Andreas and co-driver Ole...
Hankook launches IRC plans with Norwegian ace Mikkelsen
Tyre giant Hankook has confirmed its international rally plans with news that it is renewing its successful partnership with Norwegian ace Andreas Mikkelsen.
Andreas and co-driver Ole Floene will be contesting selected rounds of the IRC (Intercontinental Rally Challenge) in a Hankook Ford Fiesta S2000 run by M-Sport.
"This is such an exciting prospect for the season," said Hankook motorsport manger Mike Patterson. "We dipped our toes in the water with the IRC last year and were impressed with the whole package, and with Andreas who drove for us on the Barum Czech Rally Zlin and won with us on the Costa Brava Rally, so we are delighted to have put together a comprehensive programme with an extremely promising young driver."
Andreas already has a taste of what the Fiesta S2000 can do having driven the car recently on Rally Sweden, debuting the M-Sport car in the WRC
He said he was delighted to have confirmed IRC plans for the year. "We have a very busy season with seven rounds of the IRC and selected rounds of the Norwegian national rally championship," said Andreas.
"Having worked with Hankook last year I have tremendous confidence in the tyres and the Fiesta S2000 is without a doubt the rally car of the future."
Malcolm Wilson, M-Sport managing director said: "This will be an exciting season for Andreas. He has already demonstrated he has the speed and ability to perform well, and the Ford Fiesta S2000 has shown its potential by winning in a number of events already this season, including Monte Carlo, Qatar and Mexico. Together they should be a good package and I will be watching Andreas' performances with interest."
The Hankook IRC programme will begin with Sardinia in June with the programme also including Belgium, Azores, Czech Republic, San Remo, Scotland and Cyprus. Testing is planned ahead of the first outing in Sardinia with all parties looking forward to making a positive impact on the IRC.