Mikkelsen takes out WRC Australia
It was a fitting farewell to the World Rally Championship for Volkswagen after Andreas Mikkelsen reigned supreme to triumph in Australia.
In the German manufacturer's final race as they bow out of the series after a dominant four-year period, Mikkelsen edged team-mate and world champion Sebastien Ogier by 14.9 seconds in Coffs Harbour on Sunday.
Ogier spun away his hopes of winning with three stages remaining in the 23-stage race as Mikkelsen topped the standings in his Polo R.
"It's been such a perfect end to the season," Mikkelsen said
"Coming here I had nothing to lose. During all this year I really drove for the championship, but coming here I just went for the win."
Mikkelsen's victory, however, was not enough to clinch second in the drivers' championship.
Hyundai's Thierry Neuville finished 57.7sec behind Mikkelsen in third to secure the runner-up position behind Ogier - who won the Power Stage to claim three bonus point - in the world championship.
"The plan was to try and win the power stage because I would like to try and beat Thierry for that second place but I'm still happy about this," Mikkelsen added.