Norwegian ace had to call it early in Greece after an error on special stage 18, but Andreas Mikkelsen still claims he is satisfied with the overall pace behind the wheel of Škoda Fabia S2000.
Mikkelsen was once again pushing Sebastien Ogier until being instructed by the team to bring the car safely home. Unfortunately for him that did not exactly happen as another mistake sent Mikkelsen and his co-driver Ola Fløene out of the rally. There is no doubt Mikkelsen is fast, very fast, but quite like Jari-Matti Latvala he needs to find the balance to keep it on the road.
“On the one hand I’m very satisfied, and on the other somewhat disappointed,” summarised the 22-year old Mikkelsen. “We were able to collect experience on the stages which were completely new to us and also see that we could essentially maintain the pace of our team mates. On the other hand there is our late retirement: I misunderstood a statement for Ola and went into a corner too quickly. When I noticed I braked, but sideswiped a rock and damaged the left rear suspension.”