Top Norwegian Rally Driver Visits Royal Cliff Hotels Group


Top Norwegian Rally Driver Visits Royal Cliff Hotels Group

Pattaya, Thailand – Known for its experienced hospitality, Royal Cliff Hotels Group recently welcomed another world-renowned athlete, Mr. Andreas Mikkelsen, the 2011 and 2012 Intercontinental Rally Champion and holds the record for being the youngest driver to score FIA WRC points. 

Mr. Mikkelsen is a true all-rounder and has actively been involved in rally racing since 2006 when he made his debut in the World Rally Championship (WRC). He joined Volkswagen Motorsport full time in 2013, contesting the full WRC for the first time in the Polo R WRC. While he was under no pressure to push for top results, he still finished a season-best 4th on the Acropolis Rally, setting three fastest stage times – his first for Volkswagen in the WRC – along the way.  He won the 2011 Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) and successfully defended his title in 2012.

Mr. Mikkelsen’s record was as high as 150 points when he finished in the top three of the WRC Drivers’ standings. He also showed he has the pace to win at WRC level, setting 20 fastest stage times proving that he has the skill, speed and consistency to master any type of WRC terrain.

“Royal Cliff is always delighted to welcome distinguished athletes and it was a great pleasure for all of us to have Mr. Mikkelsen at the hotel.” Mr. Vitanart Vathanakul, Executive Director of the Royal Cliff Hotels Group said. “We are proud of our world-class facilities and services that have catered to a lot of top athletes from around the world.  We warmly congratulate him on his achievements and wish him much success in his future driving endeavours.”   

Situated on a 64-acre private parkland estate overlooking the stunning Gulf of Thailand, the Royal Cliff Hotels Group has been honored with multiple awards and recognition from organizations of national and international repute. It is home to four award winning 5-star hotels offering a sensory experience defined profoundly by its style, culture and elegance - all presented with the distinctive spirit of the State of Exclusivity and Fascination.

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Photo Caption: Executive Director of the Royal Cliff Hotels Group, Mr. Vitanart Vathanakul (right) with Mr. Andreas Mikkelsen (left), the 2011 and 2012 Intercontinental Rally Champion  and a top rally driver in the World Race Championships (WRC), at the Royal Cliff Grand Hotel




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