World Rally Championship star Mads Ostberg has been confirmed because the worldwide visitor at subsequent yr’s Otago Basic Rally.

For the second yr operating, Ostberg will drive a Rossendale Rally Group Ford Escort RS1800 as he makes an attempt to win the coveted occasion for the primary time.

The Norwegian has simply accomplished a massively profitable season for the manufacturing unit Citroen Racing squad within the WRC.

Regardless of solely a restricted programme, 31-year previous Ostberg outperformed his team-mates to complete because the staff’s main point-scorer for the season.

His yr culminated with an excellent third place on the season-ending Rally Australia in November.

“I actually loved my expertise final yr, competing on the unbelievable New Zealand roads,” Ostberg mentioned.

“I’ve unfinished enterprise, and I am trying ahead to once more assembly the buddies I made in 2018.”

Ostberg retired from this yr’s Otago Rally with driveline failure within the Escort.

“We’re delighted to welcome Mads again once more,” Otago Rally spokesman Roger Oakley mentioned.

“He is a superb ambassador of the game and somebody who clearly simply loves competing, and assembly the followers and the opposite rivals.”

His entry comes after latest information that Irishman Frank Kelly will return in his “Child Blue” Escort, whereas standard rally commentator Colin Clark may also attend the occasion for the primary time.

New Zealand’s personal WRC star, Hayden Paddon, can also be anticipated to contest the occasion as soon as once more.

The 2019 Dunedin Isuzu-sponsored Otago Rally will run over the weekend of April 13-14 with two days of fast-paced rally motion following a publicity begin in Dunedin’s Octagon on Friday night time.

 



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