Volkswagen, Andreas Mikkelsen and Ola FlÃ¸ene to remain a team. Success story to be continued: nine podiums since 2014. Volkswagen to keep faith with Ogier, Latvala and Mikkelsen in the long term. Andreas Mikkelsen will continue to drive for Volkswagen in the World Rally Championship. The Wolfsburg-based automobile manufacturer, works driver Andreas Mikkelsen and co-driver Ola FlÃ¸ene have agreed to extend their contract for several years beyond 2015. The Norwegian duo has been driving the third Polo R WRC in the WRC since 2014, alongside SÃ©bastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) and Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN), who also possess long-term contracts with Volkswagen. Mikkelsen/FlÃ¸ene are currently third in the driver and co-driver competitions within the pinnacle of rallying.
â€œAndreas Mikkelsen and Ola FlÃ¸eneâ€™s contract extension is very good news for the Volkswagen rally family,â€ said Volkswagen Motorsport Director Jost Capito. â€œWe have enjoyed a lot of success together in the last two years, and this season, and are confident that it is only a matter of time until Andreas and Ola claim their first win. We are impressed by Andreasâ€™ talent and the analytical and tactical way he goes about things. We are delighted to have wrapped up this contract extension. With two-time world champion SÃ©bastien Ogier, last yearâ€™s runner-up Jari-Matti Latvala and the third-placed driver in last yearâ€™s World Championship, Andreas Mikkelsen, Volkswagen has the best driver line-up you could imagine on the rally scene.â€
Andreas Mikkelsen, who turns 26 today: â€œI am incredibly happy to have extended my contract with Volkswagen. It is a great feeling to know that the team is happy with me and my performance, and that they want to continue working with me. I am thankful for this opportunity to continue to develop in this great team. It confirms that we are on the right track and gives us an extra boost for the future.â€
Mikkelsen remains part of the Volkswagen family after five years
Andreas Mikkelsen and Ola FlÃ¸ene have been part of the Volkswagen family since 2011. Their first contract to drive with a works team came courtesy of Å koda, which is part of the Volkswagen group. Mikkelsen and FlÃ¸ene won the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) in 2011 and 2012, and were also involved in Volkswagenâ€™s preparations for the World Rally Championship at the same time. In 2013, Mikkelsen switched to the Polo R WRC and has contested all but one round of the WRC since the Rally Portugal of that year. In 2014 â€“ still with co-driver Mikko Markkula at that time â€“ Mikkelsen claimed his first podium in Sweden. A further eight podium finishes were to follow after Mikkelsen and FlÃ¸ene were reunited one year ago, and the pair ended the 2014 Driversâ€™ Championship in third place. In 2015, Mikkelsen/FlÃ¸ene have finished on the podium at four of the seasonâ€™s six rounds so far.