ØSTBERG GETS CITROEN DRIVE FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE SEASON
Mads Østberg will be driving for Citroën Racing alongside Craig Breen for the remainder of the WRC season.
A seat became vacant when Citroën dropped Kris Meeke from it's driver's line-up last month due to ''an excessively high number of crashes''.
The Norwegian is not unknown at Citroën, having driven for the French firm in 2014 and 2015. Østberg secured a three-event deal with Citroën earlier this season, with a best result of fifth place at Rally Italia Sardegna.
Citroën will be running three C3 WRC's at Rally Finland, Rally Turkey and Rally Spain. Sébastien Loeb will be competing in the second Citroën (as planned) at Rally Spain. Whilst Khalid Al-Qassimi will be competing in a third C3 WRC in Finland, Turkey and Spain. Østberg won't be competing in Spain.
Citroën Racing 2018 driver's line up per event:
Finland: Breen, Østberg & Al-Qassimi
Germany: Breen & Østberg
Turkey: Breen, Østberg & Al-Qassimi
Wales GB: Breen & Østberg
Spain: Breen, Loeb & Al-Qassimi
Australia: Breen & Østberg
Mads Østberg said:
"I'm delighted to have the opportunity to continue competing for Citroën Racing! It was really great to be back with the team for these first three rallies, having previously worked together a few years ago now. I'm honoured by the trust that the brand and Pierre have placed in me. I'll be giving everything I can to pay them back in the best possible way at the next few rallies, especially as I'm starting to become familiar with the C3 WRC now and Rally Finland is coming up soon, my favourite weekend of the season! I'm convinced that we have all the qualities required to do well on these five additional appearances."
Pierre Budar, Citroën Racing Team Principal added:
"We are now entering a rebuilding phase, already partly looking ahead to 2019, but before that, we have to finish this season as well as possible. And Mads, both due to his experience of the world championship and with the C3 WRC, can undoubtedly help us to move forward in a calm, relaxed manner. He is consistent and that is reflected in the many minor places he has collected at almost all the events. He has also settled back into the team very smoothly."