Saturday | 17 Feb 2018

Østberg's Colin's Crest double

Mads Østberg flew his Citroën C3 to a second consecutive Colin's Crest Award at Rally Sweden today (Saturday).

Since 2009, rally organisers have presented the award, named in honour of 1995 World Champion Colin McRae, to the driver who jumps furthest from the huge crest close to the end of the Vargåsen stage.

Østberg won the award in 2017 with a jump of 42 metres in a Ford Fiesta WRC, and he matched that distance today at the wheel of a Citroën C3 to claim the honour for a second time.

The Norwegian's winning flight came on the first run through Vargåsen on Saturday morning as Stage 11.

Rally organisers named Sébastien Ogier this year's runner up, with a 41 metre jump in his Ford Fiesta, while Sweden's Pontus Tidemand was third, jumping his WRC 2-spec Skoda Fabia 39 metres. 

Norway's Eyvind Brynildsen still holds the outright jump record with a 45 metre effort in a Ford Fiesta R5 in 2016.

In a tweet this afternoon, Østberg thanked rally organisers and dedicated his award to fans of 'Østberg Airlines'.

Another driver to take to social media after Colin's Crest was rally leader Thierry Neuville's navigator Nicholas Gilsoul.

The pair set fastest time through the afternoon repeat of Vargåsen, despite a corkscrew flight over the crest that almost put their Hyundai on its side. 'Quickest in #SS14... Off to change my undies now," Gilsoul Tweeted.


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