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Mads Østberg

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Info

Nationality:  NOR
Date of Birth: 11.10.1987
Age: 28
Birthplace: Valer i Ostfold
First Rally: 2005, Sweden
Rally Wins: 1
Website: www.madsostberg.com

Season 2015

Classification: WRC
Car No: 12
Team: Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT
Co-driver: Jonas Andersson
Points: 116
Standing: 4
Rally Wins: 0
Retirements: 0
Podiums: 3

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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 remains at Citroen in 2015.

Rally Classification Co-driver Rank Points
Rallye Monte Carlo WRC Jonas Andersson 4. 12
Rally Sweden WRC Jonas Andersson 10. 1+1
Rally Guanajuato México WRC Jonas Andersson 2. 18
Xion Rally Argentina WRC Jonas Andersson 2. 18+1
Vodafone Rally de Portugal WRC Jonas Andersson 7. 6
Rally Italia Sardegna WRC Jonas Andersson 5. 10
LOTOS 72nd Rally Poland WRC Jonas Andersson 9. 2
Neste Oil Rally Finland WRC Jonas Andersson 3. 15
ADAC Rallye Deutschland WRC Jonas Andersson 7. 6
Tour de Corse Rallye de France WRC Jonas Andersson 6. 8
RallyRACC Catalunya-Costa Daurada WRC Jonas Andersson 4. 12
Wales Rally GB WRC Jonas Andersson 7. 6

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