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Mads Østberg

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Info

Nationality:  NOR
Date of Birth: 11.10.1987
Age: 29
Birthplace: Valer i Ostfold
First Rally: 2005, Sweden
Rally Wins: 1
Website: www.madsostberg.com

Season 2016

Classification: WRC
Car No: 5
Car: Ford Fiesta RS WRC
Team: M-Sport World Rally Team
Co-driver: Ola Fløene
Points: 102
Standing: 7
Rally Wins: 0
Retirements: 0
Podiums: 1

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Here’s what makes him special:

• An early starter, his first taste of rally competition came aged 13 when he co-drove for his father in a Subaru Impreza WRC

• Mads wears his heart on his sleeve. If he’s frustrated or delighted, you’ll know

• Østberg is aiming to follow in the footsteps of fellow Norwegian, 2003 world champion Petter Solberg

• When he’s not driving a rally car, Mads enjoys putting his cooking skills to the test. He took part in the Norwegian version of Masterchef in 2014.

The story so far

Østberg doesn't turn 28 until October 2015 but he has 21 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. His sixth place in the final championship standings showed what Mads was capable of.

Another impressive season followed in 2012 and that prompted the Qatar M-Sport World Rally Team to recruit the Norwegian for 2013. His best results came in Sweden and Finland where he finished third.

In 2014 he joined the Citroën factory team as team-mate to Kris Meeke. The season started well, and in Mexico defending champion Sébastien Ogier singled out Østberg as one of his chief rivals. The season was tainted by a run of poor results mid-season, but three podiums and a second place in Italy showed his potential.

He remained at Citroën in 2015 and impressed early on with second places in Mexico and Argentina. However his form dipped in the second half of the year and despite ending the season with more points that his team-mate Kris Meeke, it was no great surprise when Mads announced he was leaving the French squad to return to M-Sport for 2016. He'll be co-driven by Ola Floene this year following a split with long-time navigator Jonas Andersson.

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

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