Andreas Mikkelsen is WRC2 Drivers’ Champion
Although he was only spectating, Andreas Mikkelsen left RallyRACC Rally de España as newly crowned WRC2 Driver’s champion. With only one more round to go in the FIA World Rally Championship, he holds the WRC2 overall lead with fellow Norwegian Mads Østberg. As Mikkelsen has achieved more category victories over the season and Østberg cannot score points at the season’s finale, Mikkelsen is mathematically champion.
The Norwegian had chosen to skip the Spanish WRC round, because WRC2 regulations allow each driver to score championship points on a maximum of seven of the twelve events. With six results already in the books, Mikkelsen will be back in action during the next round in Monza. In Catalonia, the pressure was on his championship rival Mads Østberg. Norwegian as well, he had to finish third or higher in WRC2 to keep the title race open until the season’s finale in Italy. But Østberg only managed to take fourth position, eventually equalling Mikkelsen’s points score. But this was not enough to beat.
“It’s super weird to win the WRC2 Drivers’ title while sitting in the service park. Still, it’s an incredible feeling to take overall victory against such a tough competition. The season went perfect, my car was reliable all the way,” Mikkelsen commented. Michal Hrabánek, Head of ŠKODA Motorsport, added: “Congratulations to Andreas for winning the 2021 WRC2 Drivers’ title. I’m proud of our cooperation with him, which started already twelve years ago with the ŠKODA FABIA S2000. Today Andreas added another valuable championship to the impressive title collection of the ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo.”