Mikkelsen vs Ogier - Battle of the Volkswagen drivers

As team leader for Volkswagen Motorsport, Sebastien Ogier isn’t exactly used to being beaten by his team mate - not when it comes to stage times at least.

But this time it looks like Ogier might just have a worthy rival in Andreas Mikkelsen, who has been given the drive in the second Volkswagen Motorsport Skoda Fabia S2000 on selected gravel events this year.

So far Mikkelsen has beaten Ogier five-four over the first nine stages and although Ogier moved back ahead to take 11th overall on SS9, they are just 7.6s apart.

“It’s been a good start to this rally, but there are a few things still to come,” said the 22-year-old Norwegian, who normally drives a Fabia S2000 for the Skoda UK team. “I’m already used to the car and I love driving on snow, so it hasn’t taken me a long time to adapt.”

Mikkelsen became the youngest driver ever to score world championship points when he finished fifth on Rally Sweden in 2008.

Source: WRC.com