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Rally Sweden: Snow skills gave no edge at Rally Sweden - Ostberg

Mads Ostberg says his experience on snow counted for little towards the result at Rally Sweden and is delighted with his first podium since returning to M-Sport
Mads Ostberg says his experience on snow counted for little towards the result at Rally Sweden and is delighted with his first podium since returning to M-Sport over the winter.

After Citroen withdrew its full factory effort to focus on its 2017 challenger, Ostberg has made a successful return to M-Sport with third place at Rally Sweden. After battling through a tricky few opening stages in Sweden the 28-year-old upped his speed and confidence to fight off Andreas Mikkelsen and take third place, his best result since last year's Rally Finland.

The Norwegian has reflected on another successful Rally Sweden but felt because of the mixed conditions, caused by warm weather melting large sections of ice and snow, his skills on frozen surfaces didn't give him a noticeable advantage on his rivals.

“It's great to have finished on the podium here in Sweden – especially as I hoped my winter rally experience would give me a little advantage but I think it's fair to say that probably wasn't the case this weekend,” Ostberg said. “Everything is getting better and better and I think that we produced a good performance.

“It wasn't the best of starts, but since then we increased our speed quite a lot. We pushed when we needed to and controlled the pace when necessary and in the end it was actually quite a comfortable third place.

“This was very an important result for all of us and I have to thank the team for what has been a perfect car all weekend. Hopefully we can continue this level of progression and enjoy a lot more events like this in the future.”

Ostberg, who claimed his fourth Rally Sweden podium in five years, now moves up to third in the WRC drivers' standings and makes a small inroad into the points deficit to Mikkelsen's to cut his advantage in second place to six points.



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