Reigning Intercontinental Rally Challenge champion Andreas Mikkelsen says there is more speed to come from his Skoda Fabia S2000 as he threatens the top 10 overall in Rally Sweden.
Mikkelsen is driving for the Volkswagen Motorsport team on the second round of the World Rally Championship and has raised eyebrows in Sweden by showing the pace to race with teammate and seven-time world rally winner Sebastien Ogier. Heading for the final stage in Karlstad this evening, the 12th-placed Norwegian is just 7.6 seconds behind the Frenchman.
"I'm happy," said Mikkelsen. "We had a spin on the first stage this morning and then caught a car on the second stage, so we dropped time on those, but otherwise it's gone well. After competing in these conditions a couple of times already this year, I hoped to be in this kind of place. It's almost the perfect day, hopefully tomorrow we can make it the perfect day – there is more speed to come I think."
Ogier admitted he was impressed with Mikkelsen's speed.
"I already said that we would have to watch for him," said Ogier. "His speed is good, but also it's difficult to gauge the fight – he is running further back on the road and in some better conditions on the road.
"For me, I am enjoying driving and the event is going well. The only small thing we have is the wrong gearbox in the car today, this was the longer gearbox which gives us too much of a jump between second and third gear."