Mads Ostberg says Citroen has known as off his deliberate Global Rally Automotive time out on Rally Australia, because it used to be depending on Sebastien Ogier protecting a shot on the 2019 identify.
Ostberg has been growing Citroen’s second-tier C3 R5 automotive this season after he used to be dropped from Citroen’s most sensible WRC line-up in favour of Rally Finland winner Esapekka Lappi and six-time champion Ogier.
His final time out in a most sensible WRC automotive used to be with Citroen in 2018, when he took 3rd on Rally Australia (pictured underneath).
Ostberg regarded to had been given a last-minute 2019 reprieve, Citroen getting into the Norwegian within the most sensible elegance in Australia to lend a hand Sebastien Ogier’s identify probabilities within the ultimate spherical of the championship.
But Toyota’s Ott Tanak due to this fact sealed the championship with an tournament to spare in Spain final weekend and, in flip, price Ostberg a one-off time out.
“No Rally Australia for us sadly,” stated Ostberg on social media.
“Our participation trusted Seb’s possibilities of successful the championship.
“You all understand how that ended.
“We would like to be there as we proved final yr we will bounce in a WRC automotive anytime and be podium subject matter.”
Hyundai’s WRC line-up in Australia is also combined up, because it seems to take care of its 18-point lead over Toyota within the WRC producers’ identify.
Hearsay dictates that Craig Breen may step in for both Andreas Mikkelsen or Dani Sordo in its line-up for the final spherical of the WRC season.