Mikkelsen bullish of Rally Sweden victory chances

Volkswagen driver Andreas Mikkelsen says his aim for next month's Rally Sweden is to fight for his second career WRC victory.

Mikkelsen led the way in Sweden last year, but missed out on a maiden victory to teammate Sebastien Ogier after spinning during the Power Stage.

He has however since picked up a career-first win in Spain – ironically, after Ogier surrendered a comfortable lead by crashing on the Power Stage.

And, having now kicked off his season with a second place in Monaco, Mikkelsen is confident of his chances of going one better in the second round.

"We were really close [to victory] last year and the year before I took my first podium," Mikkelsen said. "I really feel we have the necessary experience to fight at the front. We should be able to fight for the win."

The 27-year-old showed consistent form throughout Rally Monte Carlo, but failed to seriously challenge his reigning champion teammate Ogier, finishing almost two minutes behind.

The season opener also marked the WRC debut of his new co-driver Anders Jaeger, who previously partnered WRC3 participant Ole Christian Veiby.

"We definitely did not pick the easiest rally to start with, but it’s gone really perfectly," Mikkelsen reckoned. "Anders has done an incredible job; the amount of detail he gets in is amazing."

Jaeger added: "There was a lot of excitement before this rally, but Andreas and I did some testing and we knew we could work.

"There was some question about when it would work and when it would be optimal, but obviously it’s worked quite well in the start."

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Series WRC
Event Rally Sweden
Drivers Andreas Mikkelsen
Article type Breaking news