Ostberg pulls out of Rally Australia

Citroen driver Mads Ostberg has been forced to withdraw from the 2015 Rally Australia after a crash on the pre-event recce.

Ostberg pulls out of Rally Australia
Mads Ostberg and Jonas Andersson, Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën World Rally Team
Mads Ostberg, Citroën World Rally Team
Mads Ostberg and Jonas Andersson, Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Mads Ostberg and Jonas Andersson, Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Stéphane Lefebvre
Stéphane Lefebvre and Stéphane Prévot, Citroën DS3 R5

Ostberg bruised two ribs in an incident after trying to avoid a truck on the final recce stage, with co-driver Jonas Andersson also suffering discomfort.

After the crash, the Norwegian driver had sought to continue preparing for the event, having been cleared by the medical staff.

However, in a statement released on his Facebook page, he has confirmed that he will not take part in Rally Australia after all.

"We got through recce today, but we are both in so much pain from the injuries we suffered yesterday," Ostberg said. "We had a lucky escape, but we are pretty beaten up after the heavy impact. From the moment we got in the car this morning, we knew instantly that there was absolutely no way we were able to drive a rally in this condition."

"We are extremely disappointed and really frustrated with the organisers. This was such an important rally for us," added Ostberg, who sits fourth in the WRC standings. "This can not happen again. Safety first."

Lefevbre to stand in

Ostberg's Citroen seat at Rally Australia will be taken by reigning Junior WRC champion Stephane Lefebvre.

Lefebvre, a WRC-2 regular in 2015, recently landed a main-class Rally Deutschland outing with Citroen and picked up a point in tenth place.

"I really feel gutted for Mads and Jonas and I hope they will quickly be back on their feet," said the 22-year-old Frenchman. "I have never driven the DS3 WRC on gravel and am expecting a complicated weekend."

shares
comments
The Pacific awaits the DS 3 WRCS

Previous article

The Pacific awaits the DS 3 WRCS

Next article

Ogier survives close call to top shakedown

Ogier survives close call to top shakedown
Load comments
How Finland's newest rally hero made WRC history in Estonia Prime

How Finland's newest rally hero made WRC history in Estonia

Kalle Rovanpera broke a decade-old record in becoming the World Rally Championship's youngest-ever winner in a truly dominant performance on Estonia's fast gravel roads. Staving off the challenge of Hyundai's Craig Breen, his committed drive showed a maturity beyond his 20 years that gives Toyota's post-Ogier era a far brighter complexion

WRC
Jul 19, 2021
How WRC's new Safari adventure ended with a familiar tale Prime

How WRC's new Safari adventure ended with a familiar tale

The World Rally Championship’s delayed return to the Safari Rally was always set throw up some surprises, but aside from a spirited showing by Thierry Neuville it became another painful event for Hyundai in 2021. Once again it was Sebastien Ogier who took full advantage as he completed a stunning comeback drive

WRC
Jun 28, 2021
Remembering Colin McRae’s final WRC win Prime

Remembering Colin McRae’s final WRC win

The Safari Rally returns to the World Rally Championship this weekend for the first time since 2002 - when crowd favourite Colin McRae set aside the maximum attack style for which he was renowned to deliver a textbook third win.

WRC
Jun 23, 2021
How Hyundai's broken record gave Toyota a special Sardinia 1-2 Prime

How Hyundai's broken record gave Toyota a special Sardinia 1-2

For the second WRC gravel rally in a row, a promising Friday for Hyundai turned into desolation as Toyota gratefully picked up the pieces. This time it was championship leader Sebastien Ogier who took full advantage after Ott Tanak and Dani Sordo retired to score a memorable victory, having swept the road on the first two days

WRC
Jun 7, 2021
Why there's no easy fix for Hyundai's operational Achilles Heel Prime

Why there's no easy fix for Hyundai's operational Achilles Heel

Hyundai Motorsport boss Andrea Adamo was vocal in his criticism of his team's tyre choices on Rally Croatia and declared that he "had better move my ass and solve it". Doing so will be vital to getting Hyundai's 2021 WRC title hopes back on track, but finding the root of the problem won't be the work of a moment

WRC
Apr 28, 2021
How Ogier survived road crash drama to triumph in Croatia Prime

How Ogier survived road crash drama to triumph in Croatia

Sebastien Ogier was already in an incredibly tight fight at Rally Croatia before a surprise collision with public road traffic at the start of the final day. But the defending champion held his nerve to take a narrow victory and create further World Rally Championship history

WRC
Apr 26, 2021
Why WRC's hybrid path could leave it at a crossroads Prime

Why WRC's hybrid path could leave it at a crossroads

With all three major manufacturers committing to the World Rally Championship’s hybrid era from 2022, the future of the series is assured for now, but it could lead to trickier twists and turns further down the road

WRC
Apr 1, 2021
How Tanak froze out the competition at the Arctic Rally Prime

How Tanak froze out the competition at the Arctic Rally

Ott Tanak made up for a disastrous Monte Carlo Rally by leading all the way on the snow-kissed stages of the Arctic Rally Finland and in the process hit back at an event Toyota had been expected to dominate…

WRC
Mar 1, 2021