ABOUT MADS

Though still a young guy, Mads Østberg is hugely experienced. He has earned his nick name Mad Mads by special stage bravery and valour. He is the man behind some of the most spectacular WRC-moments ever witnessed. The “Jump King” has conquered the most spectacular jumps of the WRC, flying high and long on both “Colins Crest”, “Yellow House”, and “Fafe”, to name a few.

Mads grew up with a rally driving father, Morten, and followed in his dad’s footsteps at a very young age. Before Mads entered the rally world, he tried out different kinds of motorsport. At the age of thirteen he started co-driving for his father, but it was in 2006 the adventure began for real – he debuted in rallying. The talent was clear from the start, and it didn’t take long before he debuted in a WRC car. And from there on the road was short to becoming the man to beat in the Norwegian Championship as he won the championship 4 times in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011.

His WRC debut was in Sweden 2006, and in 2011 he really started to turn heads by sensationally leading Rally Sweden in a privately-run car, where he ended in second place behind factory driver Mikko Hirvonen. The privateer Adapta team continued to impress hugely in 2012 with Mads behind the wheel, winning Rally Portugal – his first WRC victory – and scored a factory seat for Ford in 2013. Overall Mads came forth in 2013 with team Adapta and beat several established factory drivers, which was a sensation and the best results ever from a private team at the top of the range. Earlier on in the World Champion, Sebastien Ogier named Mads Østberg as his potential strongest competitor.

Mads continued as a factory driver for Citroën in 2014 and 2015 – partnering among others, Sebastien Loeb – and M-Sport in 2016. He continued his point scoring tendency, with several podium positions. In 2017, he took on the gargantuan task of running as a WRC privateer, driving the OneBet Ford Fiesta WRC. With impressive speed, he marked himself as one of the fastest gravel drivers in the Championship. Overall Mads have 18 podium finishes.

For the 2018 season Mads will join Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team for Rally Sweden (15 – 18 February).

Facts 

  • In 2007 Mads became the youngest driver ever to win a stage in Rally Sweden
  • After Sebastien Loeb, Mads Østberg is the driver with the «longest points finish streak», scoring points in 23 rallies from Rally Finland in 2012, to Rally Portugal in 2014.
  • Team mate with Sebastien Loeb in 2015
  • The undisputed jump king of the WRC, winning every OneBet jump in 2017
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

Results 

In 2006 Mads Østberg drove his first World Rally Championship in Swedish Rally in a Subaru Impreza WRC 2003. He competed in two more WRC rallies; retiring at the Rally Finland and Wales Rally GB.

  • WRC Sweden – 31st place
  • WRC Wales – 23rd place

 

Results 

In 2007 Mads Østberg became the youngest person to win a speed stage in the SS15 Rally Sweden World Championship in his Impreza WRC 2005 car.

  • WRC Overall – 20th place

Results 

In 2008 Mads Østberg drove the car Impreza WRC 2007.

  • WRC Overall – 18th place

Results 

In 2009 Mads Østberg drove the car Impreza WRC 2008

  • WRC Overall – 14th place

Results 

In 2010 Mads Østberg drove the car Ford Fiesta S2000

  • WRC Overall – 14th place

 

Results 

In 2011 Mads Østberg moved to Stobart M-Sport Ford for the 2011 season, driving a Ford Fiesta RS WRC.

  • WRC Overall – 6th place
  • WRC Sweden – 2nd place
  • WRC Wales – 2nd place

 

Results 

In 2012 Mads Østberg won the Rally Elverum, the second round of the Norwegian Rally Championship, in his Ford Fiesta RCC, and together with Swedish co-driver Jonas Andersson was Østberg in a league of its own and won the race by a margin of over two and a half minute. He also came in fourth in the WRC total, as well as he drove to his first World Cup victory when he won rally Portugal.

  • WRC Overall – 6th place
  • WRC Sweden – 3rd place
  • WRC Portugal – 1st place
  • WRC Argentina – 3rd place
  • Norwegian Rally Championship – 1st place

 

Results 

In 2013 Mads ØStberg drove the full World Championship season for Qatar M-Sport World Rally Team in the car Ford Fiesta RS WRC and finished in sixth place overall.

  • WRC Overall – 6th place
  • WRC Finland – 3rd place
  • WRC Sweden – 3rd place

 

Results 

In 2014 Mads Østberg drove the full World Championships season for Citroën driving the car Citroën DS3 WRC, there were several podium places during this season and he came fifth overall.

  • WRC Overall – 5th place
  • WRC Sardinia – 2nd place
  • WRC Sweden – 3rd place
  • WRC Portugal – 3rd place
  • WRC Wales – 3rd place

 

Results 

In 2015 Mads Østberg drove the full World Championship, still with Citroën and the car Citroën DS3 WRC, with Jonas Andersson as the co-driver. The duo got several podium places throughout the season.

  • WRC Overall – 4th place
  • WRC Mexico – 2nd place
  • WRC Argentina – 2nd place
  • WRC Finland – 3rd place
  • Factory Championship – 2nd place

 

Results 

In 2016 Mads Østberg returned to M-Sport for the 2016 season driving the car Ford Fiesta RS WRC.

  • WRC Mexico – 3rd place
  • WRC Sweden – 3rd place

 

Results 

Season ongoing

 

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