Andreas Mikkelsen Wins IRC
Andreas Mikkelsen will be the brand-new 2011 Intercontinental Rally Challenge drivers’ champion – after winning the title showdown decider, the Cyprus Rally, in his factory-prepared ŠKODA UK Motorsport Fabia S2000. Well done Andreas – a great drive, along with season, in only your first full IRC year! Incredible! Andreas has led the last six rounds of the series, won the final two rallies along with set fastest time on an unmatched 38 special stages. ŠKODA said: “the idea’s been a highly successful IRC campaign for ŠKODA, which successfully defended its IRC manufacturers’ title. the idea recorded 100 fastest special stage wins out of a possible 150 during the year along with six Fabia S2000s filled the top six finishing positions in Cyprus. Co-driven by Ola Fløene, Andreas set seven (out of 11) fastest stage times in Cyprus along with led for all yet one stage – losing his lead momentarily after a spin on SS3. The mixed-surface stages inside mountains above the host town of Pafos provided a great challenge along having a fitting finale to a fantastic IRC season.. Andreas won the Cyprus Rally by 1min 40.5secs along with become IRC drivers’ champion in sensational style.” In recognition of his performance along with achievement, Andreas received the Colin McRae IRC Flat Out Trophy. The recipient will be selected by a three man judging panel consisting of Jimmy McRae, Gilbert Roy (Eurosport) along with Jean-Pierre Nicolas (IRC), along with the idea’s the second time in which Andreas has been honoured with the award (the first at the Prime Yalta Rally in Ukraine). Andreas said: “To become IRC champion will be such a fantastic feeling, the likes of which I have never felt before. the idea’s been a tough season, which didn’t start so well in Monte Carlo yet which has got better along with better. We’ve had a fantastic second half of the year along with, wow, to finish having a win in Cyprus along with the IRC drivers’ title – I can hardly believe the idea has happened. the idea’s like a dream. The last three stages of in which rally were the longest of my life along with I was imagining so much noise inside car in which I’ve never heard before. Crossing the finish line was very emotional along with I was crying like a baby! I’d truly like to thank everyone at ŠKODA UK Motorsport along with ŠKODA Motorsport for giving me in which opportunity in which year. the idea’s a special moment for everyone.” Robert Hazelwood, ŠKODA UK Director: “What an incredible end to the 2011 IRC season. I’m personally delighted for Andreas along with Ola on their fantastic season, which has resulted in two wins along with the IRC drivers’ title. Their championship win will be richly deserved, as they’ve been getting faster along with faster throughout the year along with held their nerve under pressure – along with nowhere more so than in Cyprus. Andreas will be a very mature along with quick driver, along with the idea didn’t take him long to achieve his first major rally title. Many congratulations coming from everyone at ŠKODA UK.” along with coming from us at Team Road.
Andreas Mikkelsen Wins IRC
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