WRC refugee Mikkelsen aims to "dominate" in ERC and WRC2 during 2021

Andreas Mikkelsen says he wants to "dominate" every WRC2 and European Rally Championship round he starts in 2021 as he still targets a full-time World Rally Championship return

WRC refugee Mikkelsen aims to "dominate" in ERC and WRC2 during 2021

The former Volkswagen and Hyundai driver has announced he will contest both series in full next season at the wheel of a Skoda Fabia Rally 2 evo that will be prepped by Toksport WRT - the same squad that helped Chris Ingram to the ERC title in 2019.

In addition to his dual campaign, Mikkelsen will help Skoda to further develop its Czech supermini next year while also trying to secure the backing to start a handful of WRC events in the top class.

Mikkelsen contested just three rallies this year, with his stand-out performance coming on November's Rally Hungary, which he won by one-and-a-half minutes.

He finished sixth overall on the final round of the ERC before going on to win WRC3 at Rally Monza earlier this month.

Mikkelsen has previously indicated to Autosport that his heart remains set on returning to the WRC's top division and believes that his deals for 2021 will serve as the perfect "stepping stone".

"Two different championships mean a lot of driving for me and a lot of testing as well as I'll also develop the 2022 Skoda Fabia Rally 2 car," Mikkelsen announced via his own YouTube channel.

"That means a big role for me next year. I will sit in the car almost every week, or every second week, which is incredible. Skoda and Toksport - that is the ultimate programme for me next year.

"Of course, it is not the WRC, which is where I want to be, but I think this is a great step towards that goal of being fully back in the WRC in 2022. I think that this is a good stepping stone for me."

Mikkelsen believes a season of consistency and silverware will go a long way to helping strengthen his case for a works seat in 2022.

"I have one aim next year: that is to dominate every rally that I am doing," he said. "That means winning every ERC round and winning every WRC2 round as well.

"I have the car to do it - Skoda has the best R5 car. For me, there is no question about that.

"I love the car and, getting the chance to spend even more time in it, I will perform even better than I did in 2020. And I do believe the testing programme we have means we will be so prepared for every rally; I feel very confident that we can win every type of rally next year. That is definitely the aim.

"I think that can put me in the best position heading into 2022."

Mikkelsen added that the WRC rallies he will not start as part of his WRC2 bid, he will complete the recce to help "him learn the stages".

shares
comments
FIA "quite confident" 2021 WRC opener in Monte Carlo will go ahead
Previous article

FIA "quite confident" 2021 WRC opener in Monte Carlo will go ahead

Next article

The twists and turns of a turbulent 2020 WRC season

The twists and turns of a turbulent 2020 WRC season
Why Monte Carlo success could spark another past master’s WRC revival Plus

Why Monte Carlo success could spark another past master’s WRC revival

Some 39 years on from his Monte Carlo Rally debut, World Rally Championship legend Francois Delecour continues to pick up silverware. Proving that age is purely a number, the 60-year-old's desire to compete against the WRC’s latest young talents could be the start of a new chapter in the Frenchman’s storied career

WRC
Jan 31, 2023
How fired-up Ogier became the WRC's ultimate Monte master Plus

How fired-up Ogier became the WRC's ultimate Monte master

He may only be contesting a part-time campaign in the World Rally Championship these days, but Sebastien Ogier underlined that he's lost none of his speed in the 2023 season opener. Storming to yet another victory on the Monte Carlo Rally, the eight-time world champion rewrote the history books again as Toyota served notice of its intentions with a crushing 1-2

WRC
Jan 23, 2023
How Lancia pulled off its famous Monte Carlo giantkilling Plus

How Lancia pulled off its famous Monte Carlo giantkilling

Audi should have been invincible in the snowy conditions that typically greeted the World Rally Championship paddock in Monte Carlo. But unexpectedly warm weather for the 1983 season opener, combined with some left-field thinking from the Lancia crew turned the tables. Forty years on, team boss Cesare Fiorio reflects on a smash and grab

WRC
Jan 21, 2023
Why M-Sport has pinned all its efforts on a WRC reunion Plus

Why M-Sport has pinned all its efforts on a WRC reunion

M-Sport had a disastrous 2022 with its Rally1 Ford Pumas following Sebastien Loeb’s first-time-out win on the Monte. But now things are looking up with 2019 world champion Ott Tanak leading its attack, and the Cumbrian operation has optimism that it can challenge for a first title since Sebastien Ogier's departure at the end of 2018

WRC
Jan 19, 2023
The contenders seeking to take Rovanpera's WRC crown Plus

The contenders seeking to take Rovanpera's WRC crown

As Kalle Rovanpera begins his World Rally Championship title defence in Monte Carlo, the Finn knows he has a target on his back. But who is best placed to knock the Toyota ace off his perch?

WRC
Jan 19, 2023
Why Rovanpera is anticipating a fight to defend his WRC title Plus

Why Rovanpera is anticipating a fight to defend his WRC title

Question: what could be harder than becoming the youngest-ever World Rally champion? Answer: becoming the youngest-ever two-time World Rally champion. That's quite the challenge facing Toyota's Kalle Rovanpera in 2022, particularly against rejuvenated opposition in the second year of the WRC's hybrid regulations

WRC
Jan 18, 2023
From F1 to WRC: Why Hyundai's new boss could be an inspired signing Plus

From F1 to WRC: Why Hyundai's new boss could be an inspired signing

OPINION: New Hyundai WRC team boss Cyril Abiteboul admits he’s got a lot to learn as he leads the marque's efforts to dethrone Toyota. But could his Formula 1 experience and evident strengths mean he turns out to be an inspired choice?

WRC
Jan 18, 2023
The ultimate rally car project the WRC is glad COVID killed Plus

The ultimate rally car project the WRC is glad COVID killed

Toyota was unstoppable in the 2021 World Rally Championship, with an excellent 75% strike rate from 12 rallies. But in a scary proposition for its rivals, the Japanese marque had built a car for the final year of the previous regulations set which it believes was much faster and could feasibly have crushed the opposition completely. Here the story of its mothballed world-beater

WRC
Jan 1, 2023