Østberg back on the gravel at Rally Catalunya


Mads Østberg is looking forward to being back at home on the gravel at the 2016 Rally Catalunya – Rally de España.

The M-Sport driver finished behind his team-mate Eric Camilli last time out on the Corsican asphalt in ninth.

Østberg is looking to use his new asphalt driving style on the circuit-like roads in Salou, as well as on gravel, which is his preferred driving surface.

This is a rally that the Norwegian has excelled in despite finishing fourth on three separate occasions without ever reaching the podium.

Østberg said “This is an event that I really enjoy, and we’ve done well there in the past. I’m really looking forward to getting back to gravel, and we learnt a lot in Corsica that we can transfer to the asphalt sections.

“This is a unique rally and we’ll need to get our head into gravel mode fairly quickly. That’s the key to this event – getting your head into gear and adapting to the right style for every surface change.

“After a week of learning in Corsica, we’ll be looking to put everything into practice next week. There’s still some work to do, but hopefully we can show some good progress on tarmac. 

“If everything works in our favour, I see no reason why we can’t be challenging towards the head of the field, especially on gravel.”