Andreas Mikkelsen’s fantastic week. What could well be an advertising slogan is the phrase that does the Norwegian the most justice. In fact, Mikkelsen was WRC2 champion without contesting the RallyRACC de Catalunya on Sunday October 17 and a week later, this time at the wheel of his Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo, he won his second title of the season. With a sixth place that knows little, but that has been enough, Andreas Mikkelsen has also managed to conquer the European Rally Championship (ERC) at the wheel of the Toksport WRT ‘Rally2’ that he has shared with several co-drivers this year.
In fact, Andreas Mikkelsen’s ERC champion title is not just Elliot Edmondson’s, his current co-pilot. It is also from Jonas andersson who accompanied him on the Barum Rally and Wave Floene, his partner during the first half of the season in the Fabia Rally2 Evo. Beyond this point, Andreas has not had an easy time closing his second title in seven days in a rather complex appointment for the Norwegian in the form of breakdowns and punctures that they have kept him from the fight for victory in a Rally of Hungary in which Mads Ostberg has won, his main rival for the WRC2 title during the season.
Andreas Mikkelsen thus closes a perfect 2021 season, with the title of the WRC2 category and the European Rally Championship under his arm. His strategy of competing at the controls of a ‘Rally2’ to be in the media spotlight has been a success, what is not so clear is if that has served him to be on the radar of the brands in an effective way. They are key weeks to define your future, but Mikkelsen only aspires to have a place in M-Sport if you want compete behind the wheel of a hybrid ‘Rally1’ in 2022. And given the circumstances and the movements the team is making, the chances are slim.