Mikkelsen battles to third after Day 2 at Tour de Corse

by Umar Hassan

Volkswagen’s Andreas Mikkelsen battled his way through the Day 2 stages to go third in the 2016 Tour de Corse – Rallye de France.

Mikkelsen, who narrowly escaped missing some cows in the morning stages, as well as suffering with overheating tyres on the penultimate Day 2 SS7, ensured that he was ahead of his team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala by +33.3 seconds coming into the final day of the rally.

The Norwegian is now +21.5 seconds behind the second-placed Hyundai of Thierry Neuville as the battle for second place reaches the final day with SS9 and the rally-ending Power Stage.

Mikkelsen said after Day 2 in Corsica “I had a good feel for the car this morning, and went on the attack a bit. We fought our way into third place and made up some good time on Thierry Neuville, who is ahead of us in second place.

“We then lost a little ground in the afternoon, as we found it tough to match the opposition’s pace, particularly on a drying route. All in all, we are happy and are obviously hoping for a podium finish tomorrow.

“However, we have far from given up on second place. It will definitely be interesting again tomorrow, as the longest stage of the rally is still to come.”

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