Andreas Mikkelsen and Anders Jaeger-Amland took fourth place at Rally Finland, after a very strong and promising performance over the weekend; “I couldn’t be happier for a podium, Andreas says, finally we have cracked the Rally Finland code!”
In a thrilling battle with Sebastien Ogier throughout most of Saturday were they regularly swapped places, Andreas held off on the Sunday and secured his advantage with a stage-win early on the day. In the end he finished 2,7 seconds ahead of the world-champion.
“Fourth place, even if it wasn’t quite a podium, means a huge amount to me. We have been involved in an incredibly close battle with Sébastien for much of the rally, and it has really come down every tenth of a second, fighting right to the very end. Thankfully, we had the speed and performance in the car, and the confidence in ourselves, to get the job done. It’s been a tough rally in the past, so it’s fantastic to have cracked the code this weekend. I have had a good feeling with the car all weekend and we’ve been able to set some competitive times. This is thanks to the efforts of the whole Hyundai Motorsport team over many months. We had some upgrades on the car for this rally, including some specifically to help my driving, which have worked wonders. I feel like my old self again!”
After 23 high speed special stages and blind crests, Andreas and Anders can rack up the fastest time on 3 stages and they also finished 3rd on the Power Stage, claiming valuable points in the championship.