THE HEADLINES M-SPORT WORLD RALLY TEAM MADS OSTBERG Nationality: Age: Co-driver: Car number: Team:
BASED: DOVENBY, UK
WALES RALLY GB WINS: 4WALES RALLY GB PODIUMS: 19
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.