“My first rally was in the summer of 2004, when I was aged just 16,” says Ostberg. “I wasn’t old enough to drive in Norway at that point so I travelled to Sweden to take part in the Midsommerdansen: a rally which features a special education class for drivers aged 16-18.
“I don't remember where I finished but I think it might have been fourth. I was driving a 1987 Opel Ascona B in the education class where the cars were almost original. In 2004 and 2005 I competed in seven education class rallies and won six of them.
“My co-driver was Ragnar Engen, who also accompanied me in my World Rally Car in 2006. I remember feeling really nervous, and took it really steady to make sure I got through the event with no problems. I was still very pleased to finish with a reasonable result but it felt ever better when I won Rally Killingen shortly afterwards.”