Andreas Mikkelsen ready for Tarmac challenge

Andreas Mikkelsen says he can see no reason why he can’t continue his successful start to the 2012 Intercontinental Rally Challenge season when the series resumes on Rally Islas Canarias El Corte Inglés later this month.

Mikkelsen has yet to win a round of the IRC on asphalt – the surface used on round two of the 13-event campaign – but insists he has no preference for gravel over Tarmac.

“We are coming to Canarias in a couple of week’s time and the first rally on Tarmac,” said the 22-year-old ŠKODA UK Motorsport driver, who began the defence of his IRC title with victory on SATA Rallye Açores last month. “If I get a podium on the next rally I will be happy. I don’t prefer gravel any more, I prefer both.”

Mikkelsen and co-driver and fellow Norwegian Ola Fløene finished sixth overall on the Gran Canaria event last year, their first points of their title-winning IRC season.

Source: IRC series