Andreas Mikkelsen is a true all-rounder. With his heart initially set on a career as a professional skier, he was called up for the Norwegian junior team at the age of twelve – a feat he also achieved on the motocross scene. However, a knee injury brought his promising downhill skiing career to a premature end, prompting Mikkelsen to switch to rallying when he was 16.
He made his debut in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) in 2006, and went on to finish in the top ten at three of the eight World Championship events he entered in 2007. Fifth place at the 2008 Rally Sweden when just 17 years and 233 days old earned him a place in the rallying history books as the youngest driver ever to win a WRC point.
In the same year, Mikkelsen worked with two-time World Rally Champion Marcus Grönholm to improve his driving style. This proved to be a successful move: after claiming first place in the 2009 Norwegian Rally Championship, Mikkelsen burst onto the international stage when he won the 2011 Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) at the wheel of a Škoda Fabia S2000. As well as successfully defending his IRC title, he also contested eight rounds of the World Championship for Volkswagen Motorsport in 2012.
Mikkelsen joined Volkswagen Motorsport full time in 2013, contesting the full WRC for the first time in the Polo R WRC. Whilst VW’s junior star was under no pressure to push for top results, he still finished a season-best 4th on the Acropolis Rally, setting three fastest stage times – his first for Volkswagen in the WRC – along the way. He eventually finished 10th in the WRC Drivers’ standings with 50 points.
2014 was Mikkelsen’s best WRC season to date, as he finished third in the WRC Drivers’ standings with three times as many points as in the previous year (150). He also showed he has the pace to win at WRC level, settling 20 fastest stage times. His best results were second in Sweden, Poland and France – while third in Australia and Germany and fourth in Portugal, Argentina, Italy and Finland proves that he has the skill, speed and consistency to master any type of WRC terrain.
Mikkelsen’s first WRC win came in 2015, when he came 1st at Rally Spain. Together with co-driver Ola Fløene he finished 3rd overall in the WRC Driver’s standings with 170 points. He also racked up 9 podiums out of 13 events on the 2015 calendar. By the end of the season, co-driver Ola Fløene stepped out of the car, leaving his seat to newbie Anders Jaeger.
In their first ever WRC event together, Anders and Andreas finished Rallye Monte-Carlo 2nd, a fantastic result considering Rallye Monte-Carlo is regarded one of the trickiest events on the calendar. Through out the year they claimed 2 wins, 2 seconds and 2 thirds – enough points to secured 3rd in the Driver’s standings for 2016. At the Rally Australia, the Norwegian duo claimed an historic win, when they secured the last victory for Volkswagen Motorsport, who will step back from the WRC at the end of the season.
Without a contract the 2017 season started out as a #FightbackToWRC. Getting time in a car and keeping up in the game where crucial. The crew did the recce on all events, and kicked off the 2017 season with a few events in an R5 car for Skoda Motorsport, and also 3 events with Citroën Racing in a 2017 WRC car. Best result were P2 in Rally Germany.
In September 2017 Andreas signed a two-year deal with Hyundai Motorsport, which means he will be competing full time in the WRC with Anders in a Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC for 2018 and 2019. Including the three final events of the 2017 season (Spain, Wales and Australia).
In his first full season with the Hyundai Motorsport team, Andreas aimed high for 2018. Already at Rally Sweden he secured his first podium, but after a frustrating year, this also became the only podium for the season. The Norwegian duo showed promising pace on most of the events with taking an early lead, but were not rewarded with a good result.
After Rally Australia, Andreas summed up the 2018 season: “In many ways I am pleased that the 2018 season has come to a close. It has been a troublesome year for me. This weekend is a perfect example; we’ve been quick and competitive at times but our event has been overshadowed by pure bad luck. Throughout the year we have made improvements and felt increasingly comfortable with the car, we just haven’t been able to translate that into results. Still, it has been a great season for the fans and it has been a pleasure to be part of it. We have had great support from the team and we’re all pushing in the right direction. We now look forward to a bit of time off, and then some proper testing ahead of Monte when we’ll go again in good spirits.”