Last year in Portugal Ostberg took his maiden WRC victory in a Ford Fiesta RS after the original winner, Mikko Hirvonen, was excluded when non-conforming parts were discovered on his Citroen DS3.
Portugal remains Ostberg’s only WRC victory to date, but after a strong start to the 2013 season, including leading the most recent round in Mexico, the Norwegian believes he can replicate the 2012 result.
“It’s certainly possible,” said Ostberg. “We’re hungry for victory and I want to win. We had a really good pre-event test and looking back at our performance in Mexico, I know we have the pace to fight for the top positions.”
“Of course Portugal is a little different to Mexico, but there are still a lot of experiences that we can carry forward and I am confident that we will cope well with the challenges ahead,” he added.
Ostberg’s confidence was given a further boost at last weekend's Fafe Rally Sprint, where he finished a close second to Citroen ace Dani Sordo.