Mikkelsen was trying to catch and pass Simone Tempestini for seventh position on SS13, a result that would have put him on top of the title table after three rounds following Lukyanuk’s exit on Sunday morning. But Mikkelsen’s mistake and a strong end to the rally by Tempestini meant the positions went unchanged.
“I tried to catch the cars in front, I knew it was going to be tough but I tried to give it everything and I went off on a fifth gear corner,” said Norwegian Mikkelsen. “I am lucky to be here, but we tried. It was a right into a left, there was some gravel, we lost the rear and went off, very lucky, very lucky.”
Mikkelsen’s final-stage spin rounded out a weekend of frustration for the Toksport WRT driver, who reported a two-wheeled moment on SS2 following a knock and was never truly at ease with the set-up of his Škoda Fabia Rally2 or his pacenotes on his Rally di Roma Capitale debut.
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“It’s been tough,” he said. “A lot of it comes down to the preparations coming straight from Estonia and many gravel rallies in a row and only a very small test before. I just needed yesterday to dial myself a little bit in to asphalt. I don’t think I had the aggressivity and the speed in the corners which you need to have on Tarmac. But today was much better and we need to learn from this.”
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