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Ostberg: I’ll be happy with a top-five or six finish in Mexico

Mads Ostberg: Sweden was a really good event for me but I don't think it is realistic to expect the same sort of result in Mexico. It's the first time there for us and it's all about learning how the car handles on gravel at this event.

Mads Ostberg has attempted to play down expectations ahead of Rally Mexico next week.

Ostberg stole the show in Sweden earlier this month and got his 2011 World Rally Championship campaign off to a flying start, challenging for the win in his M-Sport Stobart Ford Fiesta RS WRC, before eventually coming home in second, just 6.5 seconds behind Ford Abu Dhabi's Mikko Hirvonen.

It was a brilliant display from the Norwegian, but as the 23-year-old has never competed in Mexico before, he has insisted his aim in Leon will be to finish in the top five or six.

“Sweden was a really good event for me but I don't think it is realistic to expect the same sort of result in Mexico,” he said. “It's the first time there for us and it's all about learning how the car handles on gravel at this event.

“It's very important that we have a good recce and after that, I just want to just concentrate on getting through the rally in one piece.

“I've got absolutely no idea what to expect from the stages – I haven't even seen any onboard footage yet so it's a real leap into the unknown.

“I'll be content if I'm fighting in the top five at this event and if I finish in the top five or six, then I will leave a happy man.”

Ostberg, who will again be nominated to score points for the M-Sport Stobart Ford World Rally Team, will depart for Mexico on Monday, after taking in the third round of the Norwegian Rally Championship - Rally Finnskog, in a Ford Fiesta Super 2000.


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Podium Rally Sweden, Mads Ostberg (NOR) Jonas Andersson (SUE), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, M-Sport Stobart Ford World Rally Team
Mads Ostberg (NOR) Jonas Andersson (SUE), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, M-Sport Stobart Ford World Rally Team
Mads Ostberg (NOR) Jonas Andersson (SUE), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, M-Sport Stobart Ford World Rally Team
Mads Ostberg (NOR) Jonas Andersson (SUE), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, M-Sport Stobart Ford World Rally Team
Mads Ostberg (NOR) Jonas Andersson (SUE), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, M-Sport Stobart Ford World Rally Team
Mads Ostberg (NOR), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, M-Sport Stobart Ford World Rally Team
Mads Ostberg (NOR), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, M-Sport Stobart Ford World Rally Team

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slightlysideways

February 27, 2011 3:38 PM

It's a bit strange the way he said he has yet to see any onboard footage of Mexico when he is heading there soon. Anyway it would be very impressive if he finished fourth in my opinion in Mexico. His performance in Sweden was unbelievable, definitely one to watch.



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