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Ola Fløene

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Career Summary

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Nationality:  NOR
Date of Birth: 01.02.1969
Age: 47
First Rally: 1995, Great Britain
Rally Wins: 1

Season 2016

Classification: WRC
Car No: 5
Car: Ford Fiesta RS WRC
Team: M-Sport World Rally Team
Driver: Mads Østberg
Points: 102
Standing: 7
Rally Wins: 0
Retirements: 0
Podiums: 1

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Ola Fløene is one of Norway’s most experienced co-drivers and in his 20-year career has partnered most of the biggest names in Norwegian rallying.

After success on the motocross track, Fløene switched to co-driving aged 20 and in 1996 began a partnership with Mads Østberg’s father, Morten. Over the next three seasons the pair tackled Norwegian championship rallies, going up against rivals like Petter and Henning Solberg.

More national events followed in 2000 alongside Martin Stenshorne, but the year was marred by two huge accidents, one of which left Fløene with a broken back.

Over the next five years Fløene tackled a variety of Nordic and European rallies with drivers including Henning Solberg, David Doppelreiter and both Morten and Mads Østberg. In March 2006, Henning asked Fløene to test alongside a promising 16-year old Andreas Mikkelsen - starting a partnership that lasted seven years.

Using Fløene’s pace-note system, Mikkelsen set records in the British, Norwegian and world championships and back-to-back titles in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) Skoda in 2011 and 2012. A works WRC drive with Volkswagen beckoned in 2013, but Fløene was left out in the cold when Mikkelsen brought in new co-driver Mikko Markkula.

Instead, Fløene spent 2013 with Swedish rising star Pontus Tidemand, and the two clinched the WRC Academy world title. In May 2014 Fløene got a call from Mikkelsen asking him to come back in time for Rally Italia Sardegna. Fløene was happy to oblige, saying: “I dare say Andreas and I were just meant to be together in a rally car.”

The pair went on to take four podiums during the remainder of the 2014 season and in 2015 they secured their first WRC victory at RallyRACC Catalunya - Rally de España.

Shortly afterwards Fløene and Mikkelsen went their separate ways again, with Fløene renewing his co-driving partnership with Mads Østberg ahead of a fresh start at the M-Sport World Rally Team in 2016.

Rally Classification Driver Rank Points
Rallye Monte-Carlo WRC Mads Østberg 4. 12
Rally Sweden WRC Mads Østberg 3. 15
Rally Guanajuato México WRC Mads Østberg 4. 15
YPF Rally Argentina WRC Mads Østberg 5. 10
Vodafone Rally de Portugal WRC Mads Østberg 7. 6
Rally Italia Sardegna WRC Mads Østberg 34. 0
73rd PZM Rally Poland WRC Mads Østberg 8. 4
Neste Rally Finland WRC Mads Østberg 6. 8
ADAC Rallye Deutschland WRC Mads Østberg 6. 8
Che Guevara Energy Drink Tour de Corse WRC Mads Østberg 9. 2
RallyRACC Catalunya - Rally de España WRC Mads Østberg 5. 10
Dayinsure Wales Rally GB WRC Mads Østberg 8. 4
Kennards Hire Rally Australia WRC Mads Østberg 6. 8

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