Ostberg Back From Injury
Adapta World Rally Team driver Mads Ostberg will return from injury to defend his Rally Estonia title this weekend in a Ford Fiesta RS WRC.
The Norwegian will tackle the event as preparation for next month’s Neste Oil Rally Finland, despite hurting his back in a shakedown crash on Rally Bohemia last week.
“I have two fractions in my back, but they are not from this accident,” Ostberg told his personal website, http://www.madsostberg.no/
. “I will be in Otepaa this weekend and I’m looking forward to Rally Estonia. My back is still there, the pain is almost gone so we will be perfect for some rallying.”
Ostberg will go up against fellow FIA World Rally Championship runners Thierry Neuville (Citroen DS3 WRC) and Martin Prokop (Fiesta) in Estonia. Super 2000 World Rally Championship ace Yazeed Al-Rajhi will also be competing in a Fiesta Regional Rally Car.
Rally Stars Support Safety Campaign
FIA World Rally Championship stars Ott Tanak and Matthew Wilson have lent their support to the FIA's Action for Road Safety campaign.
They visited a school in Cumbria, United Kingdom, close to where the Ford World Rally Team is based, to raise awareness of the importance of road safety.
M-Sport drivers Tanak and Wilson gave children from St Cuthbert’s Catholic Primary School in the town of Wigton a guided tour of a Ford Fiesta RS WRC and explained the numerous safety features incorporated into the car’s design.
They also let the children sit in the cockpit of the Fiesta and try on a crash helmet to gain a greater understanding of the strenuous safety requirements demanded by motorsport’s world governing body, the FIA.
Veteran Lindholm in WRC Return
WRC veteran Sebastian Lindholm will come out of retirement to contest Neste Oil Rally Finland next month in a Fiesta RS WRC.
The 51-year-old Finn hasn’t competed in the series since a one-off drive on Wales Rally GB in 2007. He will compete in a Ford Fiesta RS WRC alongside co-driver Timo Hantunen.
“It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a few years now, the opportunity came up so I thought why not,” said Lindolm. “My only aim is to have fun and enjoy myself. The result is not important.”