Mads Ostberg will compete in the FIA World Rally Championship again this year, having inked a deal to run a Ford Fiesta RS WRC car in 'close co-operation' with M-Sport.
Ostberg, who competed for the M-Sport Stobart Ford Rally Team last year, finishing sixth in the drivers' championship and taking two second places in Sweden and Wales, will begin his campaign next month in Sweden, having elected to skip the season opening Rallye Monte Carlo.
In total he plans to do a minimum of eleven events, with New Zealand currently ruled out on cost grounds - although it could yet be added to his schedule, subject to sufficient sponsorship. The precise team structure will be 'decided later'.
“I am happy to confirm that team, car and programme for 2012 is now decided,” said Ostberg. “It has been important for me to continue the development from 2011 with a good programme, a competitive car and open possibilities to compete for the best possible result every time. All elements have been accomplished with this agreement.”
“Regarding long haul rallies we basically want to do all of them,” added Morten Ostberg, Adapta team principal. “But the idea of exceeding several rallies in distance and period, which inevitably increases the total budget for doing the full championship, has forced us to exclude two rallies - [namely] New Zealand and Monte Carlo, which is the most expensive and logistically complicated rally among the European rallies and is therefore not included in our programme.”
Ostberg scored 88 points in total in 2011 and finished eighth in Your World Rally Driver of the Year vote 2011 [see separate story - click here
], with an average mark of 6.80 out of ten.