Mads Ostberg to drive an M-Sport Ford Fiesta RS in 2013
Last Updated: 26/11/12 6:07pm
Mads Ostberg: M-Sport deal for Norwegian driver
Norwegian driver Mads Ostberg has agreed a deal to drive an M-Sport Ford Fiesta RS for the 2013 world championship rally season.
The 25-year-old will link up with the Qatari-backed team after driving a Ford Fiesta RS for the Adapta World Rally Team this year.
Ostberg finished fourth in the standings this season behind nine-time champion Sebastien Loeb of France and in the top five during all 11 rallies he took part in, only missing out on the top three overall by five points behind Jari-Matti Latvala of Finland.
Ostberg, who drove for the M-Sport team in 2011 when they raced under the Stobart banner, told wrc.com: "This is a great opportunity for me.
"I have had many dreams in my career, but achieving this drive is definitely one of the biggest and I am certainly going to try and make the most of it."
M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson said: "The performances of Mads have been very impressive this season. He was always very fast and his progress on asphalt as well as the maturity that he has shown displays he is set for another step up in his career which means he is an ideal candidate for 2013."
M-Sport also announced a new deal with their Qatari backers that are led by Nasser Al-Attiyad, who won the 2011 Paris-Dakar rally as well as finishing 12th during the 2012 rally season at the helm of a Citroen DS3.