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Mikkelsen leads Volkswagen to their final WRC win in Australia

By Sammy Hamill

Andreas Mikkelsen had the honour of recording Volkswagen's 43rd and final victory in the World championship in an emotional end to Rally Australia.

The 27-year-old Norwegian, who spent part of his early career competing in the Irish Tarmac championship, held off world champion Sebastien Ogier to win by 15 seconds and see VW bow out of the series with another one-two finish.

And as he and Ogier, along with team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala, left Australia question marks remained over their futures.

Four-time champion Ogier is expected to test with M-Sport Ford when he returns to Europe later in the week although Kris Meeke's Citroen team are thought to be still in the picture. Latvala is expected to join two former Circuit of Ireland winners, Esapekka Lappi, who clinched the WRC2 title for Skoda in Australia, and Juho Hanninen in the new Toyota team.

With a third WRC win under his belt, Mikkelsen would be an attractive prospect for any of the top teams, notably Toyota. With December 10 the deadline for Monte Carlo Rally entries, all three have just a matter of weeks to find new teams.

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