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 12 – 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.
The Norwegian moved to Great Britain in 2006, in order to be able to take his driving test at the age of 17. He passed his test just a few days after his 17th birthday and promptly lined-up at the Quinton Stages Rally, ultimately becoming the youngest winner in the history of the British rally.
He made his debut in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) in the same year, and went on to finish in the top 10 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 world championship 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.
Since 2013, Mikkelsen has been behind the wheel of the VW Polo R WRC, scoring third place in the championship for three consecutive years between 2014 and 2016. He grabbed wins at Rally Poland and Rally Australia on the way to that third in 2016, with his season-closing Australia victory also giving VW an emotional win in their last ever WRC race before withdrawing from the series in 2017.Read more