Wed 16 Aug 2023

Mission 2024 is go for ERC stage winner Heikkilä

Mikko Heikkilä is already working on plans to build on the pace and potential he showed during his maiden FIA European Rally Championship campaign in 2023 as he looks ahead to the 2024 season.

Heikkilä stepped up to the ERC for this year as the reigning Finnish champion and was a frontrunner from the outset by battling for victory on the season-opening Rally Serras de Fafe, Felgueiras, Boticas, Vieira do Minho e Cabeceiras de Basto.

After missing out on winning the Portuguese event with tyre damage on the final stage, The Racing Factory-run Heikkilä regrouped and scored points in Poland, Latvia and Sweden on the back of impressive performances aboard his Michelin-equipped Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo.

“We’ve made a decision to start the preparations for the 2024 season early,” said Heikkilä, 31. “There isn't any major underlying issues behind the decision. Our debut season in the ERC has been more challenging than anticipated, but we've learned a lot from every event; lessons we'll use in order to prepare for the upcoming season.

“On gravel, we have solid pace, but this season the stars haven’t aligned for us. We’ve suffered punctures, technical issues and other, unrelated issues. Of course, we need to look in the mirror as well, mainly when it comes to Rome and [Scandinavia]. We’ll take a deep breath and put our full focus into building solid foundations for the future.”

Heikkilä’s decision to focus on the 2024 season means he won’t be in action when Barum Czech Rally Zlín hosts the penultimate round of the 2023 ERC later this week (18 - 20 August).

Starts: Thursday, July 18, 2024 at 4:31:00 AM
Starts: Friday, July 26, 2024 at 7:00:00 AM
Starts: Saturday, July 27, 2024 at 6:00:00 AM