Mikkelsen: wrong pacenote to blame for Corsica delay + Video

Andreas Mikkelsen has described the incident that is set to ensure his winless stretch in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge on asphalt continues.

Mikkelsen, the defending IRC champion, started Friday’s second stage, covered live on Eurosport and Eurosport Player, leading by 7.2s. He reached the stop line trailing new leader Dani Sordo by 2m35.7s. His three wins in the IRC to date have all come on gravel.

“It was a ‘flat five left long’ in the pacenotes and I tried to take it flat, but I think the note was a little bit too positive, plus it was early into the stage so the tyres were not fully warm yet,” said the ŠKODA UK Motorsport driver. “Basically, I was a little too fast and we understeered out into a ditch, hit a wooden post and bounced back onto the road again. In one way we are lucky we are still here. But then the jack didn’t work and we took a long time to change the wheel. There is a little bit of damage on the right hand side of the car, but nothing to worry about – we can still go fast.”

Source: irc series.com