Andreas Mikkelsen are looking forward to Rallye Deutschland, his first event on tarmac with the Citroën C3 WRC and Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT. – My goal is to be in the lead-fight, he says.
Rallye Deutschland will be his third outing in a WRC car with Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT, and the first on tarmac. This year the rally have moved their HQ from Trier to Bostalsee and also added a few new stages.
- Most of it is the same as last year, and I have good results from the last years. In 2016 I was leading after day 1, but I made a small mistake on Saturday and ended 4th in the end. My best is third in 2015.
The German fixture are known to be a very special event, with 3 different road-surfaces that requires 3 different driving-styles. You go from one day in the wine-yards with tight hairpins and as the drivers go through there will be mud and gravel thrown on to the road from cutting corners. On Saturday, the rally move to the military-area with concrete roads lined with the famous “hinkelsteins” which can easily end your rally if you hit them. Sunday the rally finishes on fast and open country-side stages.
Together with co-driver Anders Jæger, Andreas have just completed a two-day test-session to get to know the C3 on tarmac. The Citroën are known to be very competitive on tarmac, and Andreas says he quickly found his way with the C3.
- Yes, we quite quickly found our way and had a good test. For the first time I also tested in the military area, which is important for learning how to best maintain your tyres. We compete on three different surfaces in German and I feel we have good info now for all of them. I’m also looking forward to proper driving with the downforce on the new cars. We are among the late starters on this event, so I’m hoping for fairly nice weather and a clean road.
Rallye Deutschland gets underway on Thursday 17 August with a spectator stage in Saarbrucken.
All the best,