Mikkelsen determined to beat Latvala to the runners-up spot

With Sebastien Ogier coming to Corsica for round 11 of the 2015 FIA World Rally Championship, the Tour de Corse, as the 2015 World Champion attention quickly changes focus to the battle for the runners up spot. The main focus will be on Ogier’s teammates Jari Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen with the later believing he is more than capable of beating his Finnish team-mate in the Volkswagen Polo WRC

With a best result of second earlier in the year on Rally Poland and narrowly missing out on victory in Sweden the Norwegian driver has enjoyed the best season of his career so far and is more determined than ever to strive for the runners up spot. Mikkelsen finished second to Latvala on Rally France last year and will be more keen than ever to beat his team-mate this time out.

“I am right up there with the front-runners, and can feel that I am able to match the pace of my team-mates,” said Mikkelsen.  “I always said that I wanted to improve this season. That means I must climb one more place in the Drivers’ Championship.

“As such, a place on the podium is my goal for the Rally France, which this year returns to Corsica after a long absence. Compared to other rallies, there are no straights on Corsica, on which you can catch your breath. If you are not one hundred per cent focussed, you can forget the rally.

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