Sport Ostberg to run in third Citroen on Rally Sweden

02:50  14 january  2018
02:50  14 january  2018 Source:   Read Sport

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Mads Ostberg . Mads Ostberg will return to Citroen ’s factory World Rally Championship team in a third car at Rally Sweden . Ostberg was a full-timer at Citroen WRT in 2014 and 2015 but has campaigned in M-Sport Fords in the seasons since, the latter as a privateer.

Subscribe today. Rallying News. Citroen to run third car for Ostberg in Sweden . Citroen will bring Mads Ostberg back into its World Rally Championship team for the second round in Sweden next month.

a close up of a car: FIA World Rally Championship Sweden - Day Two © Massimo Bettiol/Getty Images Sport FIA World Rally Championship Sweden - Day Two

Mads Ostberg will compete at this year’s Rally Sweden for Citroen’s World Rally Championship team at Rally Sweden in February.

The announcement was made at Autosport International in Birmingham’s NEC, where the 2018 World Rally Championship was officially launched on Thursday morning.

Speaking live on the main stage, Ostberg said “It’s a small surprise to me as well. I’m really happy and honoured to be part of the team for Rally Sweden.”

The Swedish round of the WRC is based very close to Ostberg’s native Norway – which it even crosses into – and has been one of Ostberg’s best-loved rallies on the calendar for some time.

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Sweden Rally . Watch Eurosport. Login. Ostberg was part of Citroen 's factory line-up in the 2014 and '15 seasons but has spent the last two years in M-Sport Fords - running his own privateer programme with one in '17.

Citroen to run third car for Ostberg in Sweden 1515673485 WRC. Citroen will bring Mads Ostberg back into its World Rally Championship team for the second round in Sweden next month.

Since making his WRC debut on Swedish snow back in 2006, Ostberg has been ever-present since meaning that the 2018 edition will be his 13th time taking on Rally Sweden.

“It’s one of my favourite events and one I’ve been on the podium at many, many times so I’ll try to achieve the same thing again”

Should the Norwegian add to his current tally of 5 podiums in Sweden, he may find himself in a C3 again by the end of the season.

“I know this team is a great team, I have worked with them in the past and I know what they stand for,” said Ostberg, who confirmed that a full-time return to the team he represented in 2014 and 2015 is his target.

His Sweden appearance will be in a 3rd C3 WRC, meaning that the team’s main 2 drivers, Kris Meeke and Craig Breen, will also be competing alongside Ostberg.

Having spent 2017 with a privately run Ford Fiesta WRC, Ostberg’s plans for the rest of this years are currently unknown.

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