Mads Østberg talks about his retire in Jordan Rally

Posted on 18/04/2011


Mads Østberg´s co-driver Jonas Andersson after the retire on Friday

It was not a good weekend for the 23-year-old Norwegian Mads Østberg. He is back in Norway after another frustrating weekend in is Ford Fiesta WRC rally car.

After three stages Friday morning the M-Sport Stobart driver Østberg was sixth overall, just 3.6 seconds behind Mikko Hirvonen.

– We had a good position, we had found the rhythm and felt that everything was going our way.  Then suddenly when we where starting on the second loop after service at stage 10, we got technical problems. It just said bang, and the gearbox broke after I clutched. Exactly the same thing that happened in Portugal.

It´s a sad Østberg who talks about the retirement.

– I don´t know why it happen, and I can not understand why I should have such bad luck. After I had to retire again, I had little motivation to start the superrally, and didn’t want to drive on Saturday at all. I am really disappointed, and for me it had been better if I had crashed and roll – then a broken gearbox again. I had really hoped that my problems would be left behind in Portugal.

As many know, Østberg struggled with bad luck in his old Subaru. This year everyone believed that the bad luck was gone – when he got into the Ford team.

– It had been a lot of problems for me the last years, so when gearbox broke again – the same feelings came back as I had in the old car. I don´t know why it always happening to me.

Østberg went to  the superrally, and finished 13 overall in the end.

– Saturday´s stages went well, and we had some good stages, but I drove just for the next rally – Sardinia.

Østberg admits that before the rally started, he enjoyed Jordan.

– It was a good vacation with good summer weather the days before , Mads Østberg smiles.

Hard to be a rally driver?

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