Having topped the leader board in both the IRC Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ Championship in 2012, Andreas Mikkelsen made a brief return to SKODA UK Motorsport last weekend as part of his 2013 WRC preparations for Volkswagen Motorsport.

Driving the same factory–prepared Fabia Super 2000 that won him the 2011 Cyprus Rally, Andreas Mikkelsen thrilled Lapland crowds at the Artic Rally in Finland where he took second place.

Despite many of the Group N cars having a 100bhp advantage, his puncture on the opening stage of the second leg and the temperature of -24c, Mikkelsen fought back from eighth and chased Juha Salo to within 1m 37seconds of his victory finish.