Two years after he was belatedly awarded what remains his one and only World Rally Championship win, Mads Ostberg says he is determined to savour a proper victory of his own ahead of the Rally Portugal.
The Norwegian driver was bumped up to victory on the event in 2012 when first-on-the-road Mikko Hirvonen was excluded ahead of him.
Though pleased with that achievement, the Citroen driver admits being awarded victory after the celebrations means he is more determined than ever to score a win on merit and enjoy his own podium joy.
With this in mind, Ostberg is looking forward to driving the DS3 in Portugal, an event he was going well at in 2013 too prior to a crash.
“There are many events I like in the WRC, but Portugal is one of my favourites,” he said. “In 2012, we were awarded the win after the finish. To be honest, it was a little disappointing to be declared as the winner of a rally after the podium. Now I really want to win so that, finally, I can climb onto the top step.”
“I always have a good feeling on these roads. Last year, I was leading at the start of the rally before going off. I feel capable of fighting at the front. But the conditions are often very difficult here. You have to think about a lot of factors. It is one of the roughest gravel rallies now that the Acropolis Rally is no longer on the calendar.
“You have to look after the car and monitor tyre wear. The type of roads here also provides difficulties with plenty of blind corners, lots of changes in ground level and very few visual landmarks. You need to take very accurate pace notes.”