Andreas Mikkelsen

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Andreas Mikkelsen
Personal information
Nationality Norway Norwegian
Born (1989-06-22) 22 June 1989 (age 25)
World Rally Championship record
Active years 2006–present
Teams Stobart Ford, Volkswagen
Rallies 36
Championships 0
Rally wins 0
Podiums 2
Stage wins 6
Total points 65
First rally 2006 Wales Rally GB

Andreas Mikkelsen (born 22 June 1989) is a Norwegian rally driver. His co-driver is Finnish Mikko Markkula.

Career[edit]

Mikkelsen driving a Volkswagen Polo R WRC at the 2013 Rally de Portugal.

Mikkelsen has a broad background in sports. He has competed in slalom and giant slalom, and was a member of the national juniors' alpine skiing team. In 2003 and 2004, he competed in motocross, also representing the national juniors' team.

After turning 17 and getting a British driver's license, Mikkelsen started competing in rallies in the United Kingdom. Driving a Ford Focus RS WRC, he won the Quinton Stages, the Coracle, the Plains, the Bulldog and the Cambrian Rally, as well as the Saaremaa Rally in Estonia.[1]

Mikkelsen debuted in the World Rally Championship at the 2006 Rally GB and retired from the 14th special stage after going off the road. In the 2007 season, he competed in eight WRC events, and also took part in the Irish Tarmac Championship and the Norwegian Rally Championship. His best WRC results were ninth at the 2007 Rally Ireland and tenth in Norway and Portugal.

For the 2008 season, Mikkelsen had some exclusive coaching from Ford's retired double world champion Marcus Grönholm.[2] Even though having major problems with turbocharger on Friday's stages, he achieved the best result of his WRC career so far by claiming fifth in the 2008 Swedish Rally, beating Matthew Wilson's 2006 record of being the youngest driver ever to score points in a WRC event.[3] He intended to compete in all of the championship rounds in Europe, whilst completing his final year in school.

During Rally Larvik in September 2009, Mikkelsen was involved in an accident, when he got a slide on his car and hit a 10-year-old spectator, killing her instantly.[4]

Mikkelsen, in the Ford Fiesta S2000, on his way to second place on the 2010 Rally Scotland.

In 2010, Mikkelsen competed in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge driving a Ford Fiesta S2000 with a best finish of second on the 2010 Rally Scotland. He placed seventh in the overall standings. Mikkelsen drove a Super 2000 car also on three WRC rounds, and won the SWRC class at the season-ending 2010 Wales Rally GB. Following a strong 2010 campaign, Mikkelsen signed with the Skoda UK Motorsport team for the 2011 IRC season.[5]

During his 2011 season driving for Skoda UK Motorsport in the IRC, Mikkelsen were off to a rough start. The first rally of the season, Rally Monte-Carlo, Mikkelsen had to retire only after SS1. Sata Rallye Açores where a turning point of the season, where he placed second, his first ever podium in the IRC.[6] Prior to the last rally of the season, Rally Cyprus, five drivers were fighting for the drivers championship. Mikkelsen, winning Rally Cyprus took home the title, being the youngest person ever to win the IRC[6]

Mikkelsen continued his dominance of the IRC in the 2012 season, winning the drivers championship as well as several rallies. Mikkelsen is the first ever to win the IRC (now ERC) two consecutive times.

In the 2013 season Mikkelsen competed for Volkswagen Motorsport II in their Polo WRC. He did not reach the podium during the season, but won several special stages, placing 10th in the overall standings

Career results[edit]

Complete WRC results[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Pos. Points
2006 Stobart VK Ford Rally Team Ford Focus RS WRC 04 MON SWE MEX ESP FRA ARG ITA GRE DEU FIN JPN CYP TUR AUS NZL GBR
Ret
NC 0
2007 Stobart VK Ford Rally Team Ford Focus RS WRC 04 MON SWE NOR
10
MEX POR
10
NC 0
Ramsport ARG ITA GRE FIN
12
DEU
24
NZW ESP
25
FRA
DSQ
JPN IRE
9
Ford Focus RS WRC 06 GBR
Ret
2008 Ramsport Ford Focus RS WRC 06 MON SWE
5
MEX ARG JOR ITA
Ret
GRE TUR
19
FIN
12
16th 5
Ford Focus RS WRC 07 DEU
11
NZL ESP
8
FRA
11
JPN GBR
2009 Andreas Mikkelsen Subaru Impreza WRX STi IRE NOR
Ret
NC 0
Škoda Fabia WRC CYP POR ARG ITA GRE POL
Ret
FIN AUS ESP GBR
2010 Andreas Mikkelsen Ford Fiesta S2000 SWE
11
MEX JOR TUR NZL POR BUL FIN GER JPN 26th 1
Škoda Fabia S2000 FRA
18
Czech Ford National Team GBR
10
2011 Volkswagen Motorsport Škoda Fabia S2000 SWE MEX POR JOR ITA ARG GRE FIN
Ret
DEU AUS FRA ESP GBR NC 0
2012 Volkswagen Motorsport Škoda Fabia S2000 MON SWE
13
MEX POR ARG
Ret
GRE
Ret
NZL FIN
27
DEU
7
GBR FRA
12
ITA
7
ESP
21
14th 13
2013 Volkswagen Motorsport II Volkswagen Polo R WRC MON SWE MEX POR
6
ARG
8
GRE
4
ITA
Ret
FIN
10
GER
WD
AUS
7
FRA
7
ESP
Ret
GBR
5
10th 50
2014 Volkswagen Motorsport II Volkswagen Polo R WRC MON
7
SWE
2
MEX
19
POR
4
ARG
4
ITA
4
POL
2
FIN GER AUS FRA ESP GBR 3rd* 83*

Complete IRC results[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Pos. Points
2009 Norway Andreas Mikkelsen Opel Corsa S2000 MON BRA KEN POR BEL RUS POR CZE
33
ESP ITA SCO 0
2010 Norway Andreas Mikkelsen Ford Fiesta S2000 MON CUR ARG CAN SAR
Ret
YPR
5
AZO
4
MAD ZLI
5
SAN
Ret
SCO
2
CYP
Ret
7th 21
2011 United Kingdom Škoda UK Škoda Fabia S2000 MON
Ret
CAN
6
COR
6
YAL
4
YPR
Ret
AZO
2
ZLI
5
MEC
Ret
SAN
2
SCO
1
CYP
1
1st 153.5
2012 United Kingdom Škoda UK Škoda Fabia S2000 AZO
1
CAN
2
IRL
2
COR
5
TAR
2
YPR
Ret
SMR
2
ROM
1
ZLI
8
YAL SLI SAN CYP
2
1st 150

* Season in progress.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Holmes, Martin. "Getting to know Andreas". Rally World Magazine. Retrieved 2008-01-26. 
  2. ^ "First class mentor in Marcus". andreasmikkelsen.com. 2008-01-11. Retrieved 2008-02-23. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Mikkelsen beats Wilson's record". crash.net. 2008-02-11. Retrieved 2008-02-11. 
  4. ^ "Fikk skrens i 130 km/t – varslet selv om ulykken". Dagbladet. 2008-09-12. Retrieved 2008-09-18. 
  5. ^ Evans, David (11 November 2010). "Mikkelsen eyes title with Skoda UK". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Archived from the original on 13 November 2010. Retrieved 11 November 2010. 
  6. ^ a b http://www.ircseries.com/standings?idCategory=1

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Juho Hänninen
Intercontinental Rally Challenge Champion
2011-2012
Succeeded by
Incumbent