A Norwegian Rally Hero

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The young and talented Norwegian WRC champion Andreas Mikkelsen is groomed by Hyundai to be a 2018 WRC champion.

Andreas Mikkelsen started off on skis, being a member of the Norwegian junior ski team at the age of 12. However, he switched to rallying after a knee injury when he was 16.

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Norwegian rally driver Andreas Mikkelsen in Australia 2016

He moved to Great Britain in 2006 when he made his debut in the World Rally Championship and since then he has several WRC victories.

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A Norwegian Rally Hero
Now Andreas Mikkelsen has joined Hyundai ready to fight for the World Rally Championship title next year for the first time

A few weeks ago Andreas Mikkelsen was on course to take home the victory at Rally Australia, when a double puncture forced him to retire after finishing stage 10.

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Andreas moved to Great Britain in 2006 when he made his debut in the World Rally Championship

Now Andreas Mikkelsen has joined Hyundai ready to fight for the World Rally Championship title next year for the first time. The Hyundai agreement runs through to the 2019 season. So far, he has only competed 3 events for Hyundai Motorsport, but Andreas says he already feels at home in the car. “The car is absolutely fantastic, the team is great and everything is in place for us to fight for the championship,” he says.

The 2018 World Rally Championship will be launched at Autosport International, held on January 11-14.

A Norwegian Rally Hero, written by Tor Kjolberg

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