M-Sport World Rally Team’s Mads Østberg kept his Ecoboost-powered Ford Fiesta RS WRC clear of trouble to bring home a solid sixth place at this weekend’s ADAC Rallye Deutschland. Equalling his second best result at this event his best result of fourth coming behind the wheel of the Fiesta in 2012 the Norwegian held his own on his least preferred surface.
Despite the challenging terrain, he and co-driver Ola Fløene avoided the pitfalls that caught out a number of others and quickly established a comfortable position with big gaps ahead and behind.
Using the remainder of the event wisely, the pairing experimented with various set-up configurations building on the two days of pre-event testing they completed before this event to best prepare for the next asphalt outing.
In the sister M-Sport Fiesta RS WRC, Éric Camilii and co-driver Benjamin Veillas were recovering from a first-stage mistake which side-lined them over the opening day of competition.
Returning under Rally 2 regulations, the Frenchmen swiftly set about regaining their confidence and quickly found a comfortable speed which saw them match their vastly more experienced team mates through a number of stages.
Despite suffering a high rate of attrition over his rookie season, Camilli is as determined as ever and learning from each mistake. It’s easy to forget how little experience he has and to underestimate the steep learning curve required to excel at this level, but Camilli is taking every challenge in his stride and already looking forward to the next event.
Having never claimed victory at Rallye Deutschland, the event is proving to be something of an Achilles’ heel for M-Sport, but the team have been buoyed by success on home soil this weekend.
Victory for Elfyn Evans and Craig Parry at the Ulster Rally was enough to see the Welshmen crowned 2016 MSA British Rally Champions, and their attention now turns back to the FIA World Rally Championship. Evans will return to the world stage later this year, where he has a chance of securing a second championship laurel in the WRC 2 category.