Ost­berg: One­bet Jipocar can fight for wins

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Mads Ost­berg is con­fi­dent his pri­vately-run One­bet Jipocar World Rally Team will be able to chal­lenge for World Rally Cham­pi­onship wins this sea­son, de­spite a dis­ap­point­ing start to the cam­paign in Swe­den last week.

Af­ter miss­ing Monte Carlo, there had been high hopes of a sixth Rally Swe­den podium in seven years for the Nor­we­gian on his de­but in a 2017 Ford Fi­esta WRC.

“We had hoped to get the car two weeks be­fore the start,” he said. “But in the end we got it on Fri­day and had just two days to test. I didn’t use the cen­tre dif­fer­en­tial. We just locked it be­cause we didn’t have time to work out the set­tings. I am dis­ap­pointed and we need to turn this around and be pos­i­tive. When we get ev­ery­thing in or­der we will be in the po­si­tion [to chal­lenge for wins].”

Ost­berg will miss the next round of the WRC in Mex­ico – his wife is ex­pect­ing their first child – but he will be back for the Tour of Cor­sica in April.

“We need to do a lot of test­ing be­fore then,” he ad­mit­ted.

The high­light of Ost­berg’s Rally Swe­den was his 44

me­tre leap at Colin’s Crest. He jumped the fur­thest on the Var­gasen jump, but just missed equal­ing the record by one me­tre.

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