Andreas Mikkelsen fears Italian pace in Sicily

Andreas Mikkelsen fears the pace of the Italian championship regulars contesting the Targa Florio in Sicily later this month will mean his long wait for a maiden IRC victory on asphalt could continue.

Italian championship runners will be able to score IRC points on the famous rally, which will be based near Palermo from June 14-16, and Mikkelsen believes multiple event winner Paolo Andreucci will be particularly difficult to beat.

“There will be a lot of fast Italian drivers who will be super, super fast because they know the stages very well so it won’t be easy,” said Mikkelsen, who will drive a ŠKODA UK Motorsport-run Fabia Super 2000 on the event. “For sure I hope to be up there fighting and hopefully I can at least beat the drivers who are not Italian.”

Mikkelsen has competed on a gravel event in Sicily in the past but the Targa Florio will represent unchartered territory for the 22-year-old from Norway.

“The only thing I know about the Targo Florio is that it is very slippery Tarmac,” said Mikkelsen. “It won’t be easy but I will do my best.”

Other Italian drivers expected to run at the front in Sicily include Giandomenico Basso and Umberto Scandola.

Source: Max Rally