After 1.5 years of partnership, Mads Østberg and Ola Floene have decided to part ways. They pointed out that happened due to sporting reasons.
Team principal Morten Østberg said:
“This is a team decision. We have seen over a period that there have been challenges in the relation between Mads and Ola. In the end, we must think about what is best for the team. On a high performance level, everything has to run smooth.”
„While we are working on a permanent solution, Mads will be joined by Adapta Motorsport co-drivers Torstein Eriksen and Patrik Barth for the next rallies, starting with Eriksen in Rally Finland.“
„We know both of them well, and we are certain that they have the experience and skill to perform well and fill the role.”
„Ola will still be connected to Adapta Motorsport. We are working together with different plans separated to Mads’ WRC program.”
After 1.5 years of partnership, Mads Østberg and Ola Floene have decided to part ways
Rally Poland was the last race for Mads Østberg and Ola Floene. They finished seventh in the event. The most important thing was that it was the first race, in which the crew had no technical issues and learned a lot during the rally.
“That was actually the goal before this event – to finish without the technical problems that have hampered us earlier this year. The set-up wasn’t ideal when we started the rally. But we worked through all three days and made it much better. This will give us a good base for the next rally in Finland, which is also on super fast gravel roads”, Mads Østberg said.
The team’s analysis of the special stages in Poland has shown that Mads was among the quickest on the wide and fastest parts of the stages.
“We have been struggling a bit more on the narrow and slippery stuff, but we worked hard to get a good setup for the really wide and fast parts. And of course, Rally Finland is for most parts run on wider roads, so we can bring with us a good base for the set-up from Poland. It also gives us a positive feeling from a rally where I have struggled a bit before. It can only be better in Finland”, Mads added.
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