Thu 25 May 2023

Østberg looks to Liepajā as Poland Power Stage win keeps him in the ERC title fight

Mads Østberg was back in the points in the FIA European Rally Championship with a top score on the ORLEN 79th Rally Poland Power Stage adding to his fourth-place overall finish.

After non-scoring on Rally Islas Canarias earlier this month, Østberg completed the all-gravel counter with a pair of fastest stage times – including on the event-deciding Power Stage – to register a total of 24 points in his pursuit of provisional championship leader Hayden Paddon.

“It’s five points [extra] for us and we need those points so it was positive [to finish the rally like this],” said Østberg. “We obviously didn’t come here for fourth position but we struggled a bit more through the rally than what we expected.

“On Saturday afternoon we were strong when the grip was higher and [on Sunday] we were fighting as hard as we could in the morning and then in the afternoon we could control a little more.”

Norwegian Østberg, who was competing in a Citroën C3 Rally2 under the MRF Tyres Dealer Team banner, continued: “We enjoyed the rally a lot because it’s really amazing stages and we can take some of the knowledge onto the next rally in Liepāja, which is a little bit similar to what we find in Poland. We are strong on the second pass which means when the grip is a little bit higher it helps and Liepāja has a bit more grip than Poland.

Latvia-based Tet Rally Liepāja takes place from 16 - 18 June and uses high-speed gravel stages.

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