Mads Østberg

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Mads Østberg
2013 10 05 12-15Rallye France, Parc assistance Colmar, Mads Oestberg.jpg
Personal information
Nationality Norway Norwegian
Born (1987-10-11) 11 October 1987 (age 26)
World Rally Championship record
Active years 2006–present
Teams Stobart Ford, Adapta WRT, Qatar M-Sport, Citroën Abu Dhabi WRT
Rallies 68
Championships 0
Rally wins 1
Podiums 8
Stage wins 29
Total points 309
First rally 2006 Swedish Rally
First win 2012 Rally de Portugal

Mads Østberg (born 11 October 1987) is a Norwegian rally driver. His co-driver is Jonas Andersson.

Career[edit]

Østberg at the 2007 Wales Rally GB.

Østberg competed in his first rally in 2004. His first World Rally Championship event was the 2006 Swedish Rally, in which he finished 31st in his Subaru Impreza WRC 2003. In the 2006 season, he competed in two more WRC rallies; retiring at the Rally Finland and finishing 23rd at the Wales Rally GB.

In the 2007 season, Østberg continued with an Impreza WRC 2005 and competed in six world rallies for the Prodrive-supported Adapta team. He took his first stage win on a super special stage of the 2007 Swedish Rally,[1] and later achieved his first WRC point by finishing eighth at the 2007 Rally Finland.[2] Østberg also contested the Norwegian Rally Championship and won the national title.[3]

In 2008, Østberg continued to race with Adapta Motorsport in the WRC, using a Subaru Impreza WRC 2007. He did not score any championship points in his seven events. In the 2009 season, Østberg scored points on three WRC rounds and recorded his best-ever finish at the Rally Portugal, finishing sixth. His Adapta AS team was supported by Prodrive because of Subaru's withdrawal from the championship.

Østberg at the 2010 Rally Finland

In the following season, Østberg contested four WRC rallies in an Impreza WRC 2007 & 2008 and two in a Ford Fiesta S2000. For the second year in running, he placed 11th in the drivers' world championship. Østberg and Adapta Motorsport raced in the 2011 WRC with a Ford Fiesta RS WRC, attaining a second place in 2011 Rally Sweden after leading much of the rally. He gained another second-place finish at 2011 Rally GB, the final round, and ended sixth in the drivers championship.

In 2012, after a 3rd place in Sweden he won his first rally at the 2012 Rally de Portugal after Mikko Hirvonen was disqualified. This made him the first non-French/Finnish driver to win a rally since 2005 and the second Norwegian event winner in WRC history. Østberg followed this up with a third place in Rally Argentina before going on to finish the season in fourth place.

Østberg moved to Qatar M-Sport for the 2013 season. In a year dominated by Sébastien Ogier and Volkswagen Motorsport, Østberg secured two podium finishes and ended the season in sixth place. In December of that year, it was announced that Østbetg will move to Citroën's works team with Kris Meeke as his team-mate.

WRC results[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 WDC Points
2006 Mads Østberg Subaru Impreza WRC MON SWE
31
MEX ESP FRA ARG ITA GRE GER FIN
Ret
JPN CYP TUR AUS NZL NC 0
Adapta GBR
23
2007 Adapta AS Subaru Impreza WRC 2005 MON SWE
9
NOR
37
MEX POR
Ret
ARG ITA
Ret
GRE FIN
8
GER NZL ESP FRA JPN IRE GBR
11
21st 1
2008 Adapta AS Subaru Impreza WRC 2007 MON SWE
9
MEX ARG JOR ITA
11
GRE
24
TUR FIN
Ret
GER NZL ESP
14
FRA
9
JPN GBR
Ret
NC 0
2009 Adapta AS Subaru Impreza WRC2008 IRE NOR
9
CYP POR
6
ARG ITA
7
GRE
7
POL
Ret
FIN
Ret
AUS ESP GBR
Ret
11th 7
2010 Adapta AS Subaru Impreza WRC2007 SWE
8
MEX JOR TUR NZL BUL FIN
7
ESP GBR
9
11th 18
Subaru Impreza WRC2008 POR
7
Stobart M-Sport Ford Rally Team Ford Fiesta S2000 GER
16
JPN FRA
41
2011 M-Sport Stobart Ford World Rally Team Ford Fiesta RS WRC SWE
2
MEX
5
POR
31
JOR
13
ITA
5
ARG
5
GRE
12
FIN
6
GER
Ret
AUS FRA
7
ESP
6
GBR
2
6th 88
2012 Mads Østberg Ford Fiesta RS WRC MON SWE
3
4th 149
Adapta World Rally Team MEX
4
POR
1
ARG
3
GRE
4
NZL FIN
5
GER
4
GBR
4
FRA
5
ITA
4
ESP
4
2013 Qatar M-Sport World Rally Team Ford Fiesta RS WRC MON
6
SWE
3
MEX
11
POR
8
ARG
7
GRE
6
ITA
8
FIN
3
GER
9
AUS
5
FRA
8
ESP
6
GBR
4
6th 103
2014 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT Citroën DS3 WRC MON
4
SWE
3
MEX
9
POR
3
ARG
Ret
ITA
2
POL
Ret
FIN GER AUS FRA ESP GBR 4th* 66*

* Season in progress.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swedish Rally: Subaru leg two summary". Motorsport.com. Retrieved 2008-02-09. 
  2. ^ "Ostberg gets first point at top level". Crash.net. Retrieved 2008-02-09. 
  3. ^ "Mads Østberg ble norgesmester". NRK (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2008-02-09. 

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