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MIKKELSEN TARGETS WRC2 TURNAROUND

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Škoda Fabia Rally2 star Andreas Mikkelsen is hoping that luck will be on his side at this week’s Rally Estonia (15 – 18 July).

Mikkelsen currently tops the WRC2 standings halfway through the season, but misfortune in recent events has slowed his progress.

A win in Monte-Carlo was followed by a podium on Arctic Rally Finland, however the Norwegian suffered suspension damage in Croatia and retired from Rally Italia Sardegna after a roll. 

Recent European Championship outings on similar terrain in Poland and Latvia have left Mikkelsen feeling quietly confident about his chances in Tartu. 

“These two events were a good warm-up for Rally Estonia with its fast and smooth gravel stages,” he explained.  

“I finished second overall here in 2019, when the rally was held as a promotional event. I can not wait to return to the fantastic gravel stages and the enthusiastic rally fans.” 

Despite starting one less rally so far, Mads Østberg trails Mikkelsen by just two points in the standings. Østberg claimed WRC2 victory in Estonia on his way to the championship title in 2020 and will be hoping for more of the same with his Citroën C3 Rally2. 

Rising star Adrien Fourmaux has swapped his M-Sport Ford Fiesta World Rally Car for its Rally2 counterpart, whilst Hyundai young gun Oliver Solberg is also taking a similar approach and will drive an i20 R5 this weekend. 

Joining Solberg in the Hyundai camp will be 2020 WRC3 champion Jari Huttunen, who claimed victory last time out at Rally Italia Sardegna. 

Toksport hotshot Marco Bulacia is still searching for his first win of the year and will pilot another Škoda, with the hard-charging Nikolay Gryazin also entered in a Volkswagen Polo GTI R5. 

Other drivers include Sean Johnston, who returns to the series after rolling his Citroën in Sardinia, and Georg Linnamäe in another Polo. Reigning FIA Junior WRC champion Tom Kristensson completes the list in an M-Sport Ford Fiesta Rally2

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