Andreas Mikkelsen and co-driver Ola Fløene will be behind the wheel of Škoda UK Motorsport Fabia S2000 as they compete in the Ronde De La Giraglia on March 5-6, a national rally on the island of Corsica. This is an asphalt test for the upcoming rounds of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC).
As nine out of 12 IRC rallies are set to take place on asphalt this year, the team aims to purposefully fill the gap between now and Round 2 of the series, Rally Islas Canarias El Corte Ingles, which is scheduled between April 14-16.
The Ronde De La Giraglia is based in Bastia, on the northeast coast of the picturesque Mediterranean island. The rally consists of 10 stages – two on Day 1 repeated three times and two more on Day 2 done twice. On the second day is when the longest stage of the event is held: the 15.78 mile (25.4km) Minerbio-Pino test.
The stages to the north of the island are distant from the Ajaccio region, where Round 3 of the IRC, Tour de Corse (13-15 May) will take place. But they represent a terrific opportunity to test on asphalt under rally competition conditions.
Andreas Mikkelsen said that he has rallied in Corsice twice, in 2007 and 2008 in the WRC. He noted that since it’s quite abrasive asphalt, it’s a “very good place” to test for Gran Canarias. He shared that before the season began, he got a lot of test miles in the Fabia S2000.