Thursday, 11 December 2014

NEWS - Mads Østberg confirmed as Citroën driver in 2015

For the 2014 season, the works DS3 WRCs were entrusted to two up-and-coming drivers. This approach paid dividends for Citroën Racing, as Mads Østberg and Kris Meeke racked up eight podium finishes between them on all surfaces; gravel, tarmac and snow. Both Northern Irishman Kris Meeke, and Norwegian driver Mads Østberg, have now been confirmed to remain with Citroën Racing in 2015, competing alongside each other in the World Rally Championship. Next season Mads will have the chance to add to his one WRC win, as he takes part in all thirteen rounds of the calendar.

Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena will also be climbing back into a  DS3 as they are set to compete at Rallye Monte-Carlo in January 2015. The nine-time World Championship-winning crew will be nominated to score points towards the Manufacturers’ Championship, as will Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle. Mads Østberg and co-driver Jonas Andersson will take over from them at Rally Sweden, one of their favourite rounds.

Yves Matton, Citroën Racing Team Principal, commented: “At 27 years old, Mads Østberg is now one of the most experienced drivers in the World Rally Championship. His first season in the DS3 WRC allowed us to assess his potential. Mads produced some strong performances, despite being rather unlucky at times during the year. Having scored 108 points, his fifth place in the Drivers’ Championship reflects his investment. He’ll be able to build on his first season in the DS3 WRC and will be beginning 2015 already perfectly familiar with the team and the car. Like with Kris Meeke, the aim will be to reap the rewards of the work we have put in.”

Mads Østberg explains: “I’m very happy to be able to keep working with the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team. I have really enjoyed the last few months. I have learned a lot just by being in contact with this fantastic team and I feel that I’m a better driver. With the DS 3 WRC, I had to adjust my driving style. The work I put in has enabled me to discover new techniques, and they have helped me get to grips with certain surfaces and conditions more easily. I’ll be using this experience to go even further in 2015. I’m really looking forward to seeing the upgrades that have been made on the DS3 WRC. Thanks to the work done last year and the developments we’re testing and confirming this winter, I want to be able to fight to win rallies as often as possible.”

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