Mads Østberg

 

Nationality NOR
Date of Birth 11.10.1987
Birthplace Norway
First Rally 2006, Sweden
Website https://www.facebook.com/MadsOstbergRally/

 

Biography

Mads Østberg has almost 30 years of motorsport experience to his name.

The Norwegian started competing aged four and steadily moved up the motorsport ladder until selecting rallying as his chosen sport in 2004. Having scored various successes at domestic level, Mads made his WRC debut in 2006 at the wheel of a Subaru Impreza WRC.

He continued to build on his WRC experience over the next few years – and added a brace of Norwegian Rally Championship titles at the same time in 2007 and 2008 – at the wheel of cars run by his family’s Adapta team. 

Østberg’s big break came in 2011 when he switched to a Ford Fiesta RS WRC. He led sensationally in Sweden before eventually finishing second to factory Ford driver Mikko Hirvonen. Sixth in the championship standings showed what he was capable of.

Østberg claimed his sole WRC victory in Portugal in 2012 en route to fourth in the championship standings and that prompted Qatar M-Sport World Rally Team to recruit him for 2013.

In 2014 he joined the Citroën factory team. Three podiums showed his potential but the season was tainted by a run of poor results mid-year. He finished fourth in the 2015 points but left the French squad to rejoin M-Sport for 2016.

Østberg was nudged out of M-Sport’s lead team by the arrival of Ott Tänak and Sébastien Ogier in 2017, but drove a private Fiesta WRC on eight rounds.

He returned to Citroën in 2018, initially for a part-time programme. Following the dismissal of Kris Meeke, Østberg was called up to a full-time seat and netted second place in Finland. 

His hopes of landing a World Rally Car drive in 2019 ended in disappointment, so he stepped back to WRC 2 Pro, and drove a Citroën C3 R5 to second in the standings. It provided the platform for a title-winning season in 2020 in WRC2, claiming four wins for the PH Sport squad.

He defends his title in 2021 in a C3 R5 run by the Hungarian TRT World Rally Team. 

Biography