Mads Ostberg was crowned the Norwegian Rally champion for the second consecutive time last weekend after he won the seventh and final round of the championship, the Rally Hedemarken.

Ostberg, who will step up to the FIA World Rally Championship next season with the Adapta World Rally Team - what is in effect Subaru's 'B' team - had a bad start to the rally after he lost his front brakes on the very first stage.

Following the first three tests he trailed Anders Grondal in a similar Subaru Impreza WRC by 21 seconds but he was determined to fight back and so he did.

"If I can lose 21 seconds on the first three stages, then I can gain 21 seconds on the last three," he vowed.

After his brakes were repaired in service, Mads put in a charge and not only did he overhaul Grondal, but he managed to end the event 10 seconds in front.

Andrews Mikkelsen meanwhile took the final spot on the podium, 13.5 seconds further back in his Ford Focus RS WRC - and while that left him and Ostberg both on 174 points in the standings, the latter took the crown courtesy of his win in Hamer on Saturday.



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