Volkswagen Motorsport‘s Andreas Mikkelsen will contest the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship with a new co-driver after his current navigator Ola Fløene elected to leave the team.
Anders Jæger will make the massive climb from the JWRC into the heart of the main series for 2016 sitting alongside Mikkelsen.
The Norwegian co-driver navigated for Ole Christian Veiby in 2015 notching up two podium finishes as well as winning the category on Wales Rally GB. The pair also managed to win the WRC3 category on Rally Sweden. He has previous experience as Andreas Mikkelsen’s co-driver in the Polo R WRC, having taken part in some test drives for Volkswagen in Sweden.
“My eventually becoming Andreas Mikkelsen’s co-driver has been in the planning stages for a long time and I have worked very hard for this.” said Jæger .
“I am now thrilled to be able to tackle the task together with him. I am proud and also honoured to have been given the opportunity to work with Volkswagen, which is such a professional team. I am confident that Andreas and I will continue to develop and will spur each other on to get better and better.”
Mikkelsen is confident that a change in personnel will not effect his form which helped him secure his maiden WRC win in Spain last season. “After a fantastic season with Volkswagen, we are rising to a new challenge in 2016.” said the Norwegian,
“With Anders Jæger, I have an intelligent, professional and talented co-driver by my side with whom I intend to immediately continue in the same successful vein as in 2015 Anders has proved that he has what it takes, and having performed a test drive with him in Sweden I am now looking forward to our first rally together.”
The new season starts with Rallye Monte-Carlo which kicks off on January 22.