Rally Estonia: SKODA driver Andreas Mikkelsen wants to take the lead

Rally Estonia: SKODA driver Andreas Mikkelsen wants to take the lead-driver

SKODA Motorsport at the Rally Estonia: The Norwegians Andreas Mikkelsen and Ola Fløene in the SKODA FABIA Rally2 evo of the Toksport WRT team supported by SKODA Motorsport want to consolidate their lead in the WRC2 category.

Rally Estonia: SKODA driver Andreas Mikkelsen wants to take the lead-estonia

SKODA Motorsport at the Rally Estonia: junior driver Marco Bulacia (BOL) and co-driver Marcelo Der Ohannesian (ARG) start in the SKODA FABIA Rally2 evo of the German team Toksport WRT.

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SKODA Motorsport at the Rally Estonia: Kajetan Kajetanowicz and co-driver Maciej Szczepaniak (SKODA FABIA Rally2 evo) from Poland are aiming for victory in the WRC3 category.

SKODA Motorsport at the Rally Estonia: The Norwegians Andreas Mikkelsen and Ola Fløene in the SKODA FABIA Rally2 evo of the Toksport WRT team supported by SKODA Motorsport want to consolidate their lead in the WRC2 category. SKODA Motorsport at the Rally Estonia: junior driver Marco Bulacia (BOL) and co-driver Marcelo Der Ohannesian (ARG) start in the SKODA FABIA Rally2 evo of the German team Toksport WRT. SKODA Motorsport at the Rally Estonia: Kajetan Kajetanowicz and co-driver Maciej Szczepaniak (SKODA FABIA Rally2 evo) from Poland are aiming for victory in the WRC3 category.

  • The Norwegians Andreas Mikkelsen and co-driver Ola Fløene will start the seventh round of the FIA World Rally Championship in the Toksport WRT team's SKODA FABIA Rally2 evo
  • Mikkelsen leads the drivers' standings in the WRC2 category, while the Toksport WRT team, supported by SKODA Motorsport, is at the top of the team standings
  • Mikkelsen's Toksport WRT teammates Marco Bulacia/Marcelo Der Ohannesian (BOL/ARG) are looking to build on their experience in gravel rallies
  • The Poles Kajetan Kajetanowicz/Maciej Szczepaniak in the private SKODA FABIA Rally2 evo are aiming for their third win of the season in the WRC3 category
  • SKODA again the strongest brand for Rally2 vehicles: half of all teams in this group trust the Czech brand

Mlada Boleslav – The first half of the 2021 FIA World Rally Championship was like a roller coaster ride for Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR). After winning the category at the Monte Carlo Rally and second place at the Arctic Rally Finland at the wheel of the SKODA FABIA Rally2 evo from the Toksport WRT team, Mikkelsen and co-driver Ola Fløene experienced a real run of bad luck. Nevertheless, the two are at the top of the table in the driver's and co-driver's rankings in the WRC2 category. With a good result at the Rally Estonia, the seventh round of the World Championship, they want to consolidate this lead. Their teammates in the Toksport WRT team supported by SKODA Motorsport, Marco Bulacia from Bolivia and co-driver Marcelo Der Ohannesian from Argentina, are currently third in the respective WRC2 championship tables. Among the favorites in the WRC3 category are Kajetan Kajetanowicz and co-driver Maciej Szczepaniak. The two Poles are currently in second place in the privately entered SKODA FABIA Rally2 evo.

Even though he was unlucky in the past rounds of the 2021 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), Andreas Mikkelsen has always maintained a positive attitude. Immediately after the Rally Italy Sardinia, where he overturned in the SKODA FABIA Rally2 evo and was unable to collect any championship points, he set about optimal preparation for the seventh round of the World Championship in Estonia: he contested two gravel rallies in Poland that count towards the European Championship and Latvia.

Andreas Mikkelsen: “These two events were good preparation for the Rally Estonia with its fast gravel special stages. In 2019 I finished second overall in Estonia when the rally with candidate status for a World Championship round took place. Unfortunately, I missed the World Cup premiere last year. I am all the more looking forward to seeing these fantastic gravel tracks and the enthusiastic fans again."

In the first half of the World Championship season, his Toksport WRT teammates Marco Bulacia (BOL) and Marcelo Der Ohannesian (ARG) showed an increasing form curve. Thanks to their good results, they occupy third place in the overall WRC2 standings, behind leaders Mikkelsen/Fløene and Mads Østberg/Torstein Eriksen.

Kajetan Kajetanowicz and co-driver Maciej Szczepaniak won the WRC3 classification in the privately entered SKODA FABIA Rally2 evo at the World Championship races in Croatia and Portugal. In Italy, however, they recently recorded a clear lap due to an accident. Your mission for the Rally Estonia is clear: reduce the gap to the points' leader.

But the competition in the WRC3 category is strong, including a number of fast SKODA privateers. They include local heroes Raul Jeets/Andrus Toom (Team Sports Racing Technologies/SRT) as well as Finnish crews Mikko Heikkila/Topi Luhtinen (TGS Worldwide) and Emil Lindholm/Reeta Hamalainen from Team Toksport WRT. Another winning contender is Alexey Lukyanuk, the current leader of the FIA European Rally Championship. The 'Russian rocket' will be at the start together with co-driver Yaroslav Fedorov for the first time in a SKODA FABIA Rally2 evo prepared by the Sports Racing Technologies/SRT team. Among the 24-strong group of Rally2 cars, which are mainly used in WRC2 and WRC3, SKODA is again the most popular brand with twelve entries.

The Rally Estonia has 24 special stages with a total length of 319.38 kilometers. The start is a short show test in Tartu on Thursday (15. July). The award ceremony is for Sunday (18. July) at 15:21 local time.

Did you know that…
…Rally Estonia is the largest motor sport event in the Baltic States and that rallying is one of the most popular sports in Estonia?
…the Rally Estonia 2019 was held as an official application for a round of the FIA World Rally Championship?
…one year later the Rally Estonia was actually a World Championship round for the first time?
…the Rally Estonia in that 2020 season was the first World Championship event after a break due to Corona and thus made it possible to restart the World Championship?

Top-3 overall classification WRC2/driver (after 6 of 12 rallies)
1. Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR), SKODA FABIA Rally2 evo, 68 points
2. Mads Østberg (NOR), Citroën C3 Rally2, 66 points
3. Marco Bulacia (BOL), SKODA FABIA Rally2 evo, 63 points

Top-3 overall standings WRC2/Teams (after 6 of 12 rallies)
1. Toksport WRT (SKODA), 125 points
2. Movisport, 125 points
3. M-Sport Ford World Rally Team, 104 points

Top-3 overall standings WRC3/driver (after 6 out of 12 rallies)
1. Yohan Rossel (FRA), Citroën C3 Rally2, 98 points
2. Kajetan Kajetanowicz (POL), SKODA FABIA Rally2 evo, 64 points
3. Nicolas Ciamin (FRA), Citroën C3 Rally2, 57 points

The 2021 FIA World Rally Championship
Monte Carlo Rally, 21. – 24. January
Arctic Rally Finland powered by CapitalBox, 25. – 28. February
Rally Croatia, 22. – 25. April
Vodafone Rally Portugal, 20th. – 23. May
Rally Italy Sardinia, 3rd place. – 6. June
Safari Rally Kenya, 24. – 27. June
Rally Estonia, 15. – 18. July
Renties Rally Ypres Belgium, 13th. – 15. August
Rally Acropolis Greece, 9th. – 12. September
Rally Finland, 30. September – 3. October
RallyRACC Rally Spain, 14th. – 17. October
Rally Japan, 11. – 14. November

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