Italian victory boosts Mikkelsen for Azores
“We needed to win”
Andreas Mikkelsen’s SKODA UK Motorsport team boss Pierfrancesco Zanchi reckons his driver’s victory on Rally di San Marino last weekend will hand him a major boost as he prepares to tackle Sata Rallye Acores for a second time next week.
Mikkelsen, who was competing on the Italian Gravel Trophy round in a SKODA Rally Team Italia Fabia Super 2000, similar to the one he uses in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, finished fourth in the Azores last season in an M-Sport Ford Fiesta S2000.
“We needed to win in San Marino and that’s exactly what we did”, said Zanchi. “We are pleased to be leading the [Italian Gravel] championship and are very confident ahead of Sata Rallye Acores.”
Of his victory on the gravel stages in and around San Marino, Mikkelsen said: “The strategy was to take a lead and maintain it carefully. We watched our competitors and maintained a comfortable lead without pushing so hard that we made errors.”
Mikkelsen, from Norway, is seventh in the IRC drivers’ standings after five rounds.