THE HEAD­LINES M-SPORT WORLD RALLY TEAM MADS OST­BERG Na­tion­al­ity: Age: Co-driver: Car num­ber: Team:


Motor Sport News - - Rally Gb Preview: The Entry - 29 Nor­we­gian Ola Floene 5 M-sport World Rally Team WRC de­but: 2006 Wales Rally GB starts: 10 Best Rally GB re­sult: 2nd (2011) Na­tion­al­ity: French Age: 29 Co-driver: Ben­jamin Veil­las Car num­ber: 6 Team: M-sport World Rally Team WRC de­but: 2014 Wales Rally


The Nor­we­gian has starred on this rally be­fore and has a team of peo­ple be­hind him with more ex­pe­ri­ence of these con­di­tions and this rally than any other in the ser­vice park. The Ford Fi­esta RS WRC is still a ma­chine ca­pa­ble of win­ning at the high­est level too. So, what can we ex­pect from Mads Ost­berg? A win? Hmm… tough one. Two years ago, Mikko Hir­vo­nen was in a sim­i­lar po­si­tion to Ost­berg, strug­gling to get the best out of ev­ery­thing – but the Finn came to life in Wales. Ad­mit­tedly, that was his last-ever out­ing in the world cham­pi­onship, but it showed how a driver could bounce back. It would be great to see Ost­berg right up there and in the thick of the fight. El­fyn Evans’ re­place­ment in the M-sport World Rally Team 12 months ago. Com­ing into Evans’ back­yard presents Camilli with a gilt-edged op­por­tu­nity to show what he’s ca­pa­ble of. At the same time, it’s worth re­mem­ber­ing this is only his 11th start in a World Rally Car – it’s also his 11th start in a fac­tory Ford Fi­esta RS WRC. Two years ago, he’d only done two WRC rounds in his life and he’d prob­a­bly never even heard of Pant­perthog. He fin­ished se­cond in WRC2 on his GB de­but last year, so he does have an idea of what to ex­pect. But any­thing in the top six this week would be a very big ask.

Ost­berg has strug­gled but can spring a shock

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