Andreas Mikkelsen was the unfortunate victim of some bad luck this season. The former VW World Rally Championship driver and last year’s driver’s championship runner up found himself without a ride this season the WRC.

The reason may have been his loyalty to the team, but whatever the case he raced the Rally Monte Carlo, the first race on this season’s calendar, in a Skoda Fabia R5 in WRC2.

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Racing the Skoda as a guest driver Mikkeslen took first place in Monte Carlo, marking the 40 th anniversary of the Skoda 130 RS’s first victory at the same rally. Jan Kopecky and Pavel Dresler, meanwhile, also in a Skoda Fabia R5, finished second.

WRC2 is the slightly less intense, less powerful rally series that follows the World Rally Championship everywhere it goes.


Meanwhile, Sebastien Ogier, who won four WRC championships with VW, won his first race ever with M-Sport, who hired him after VW’s surprising exit from the sport.

The good news for VW fans is that although there won’t Polos in WRC anymore, the automaker has promised a customer car, based on the Skoda Fabia R5, for WRC2. If Mikkelsen’s performance is any indicator, that car should be a rip-snorter.