Ostberg signs Mikkelsen's co-driver Floene

M-Sport's new WRC signing Mads Ostberg has announced he will partner Andreas Mikkelsen's former co-driver Ola Floene in the 2016 season and beyond.

Ostberg signs Mikkelsen's co-driver Floene
Mads Ostberg, Citroën World Rally Team
Podium: third place Andreas Mikkelsen and Ola Floene, Volkswagen Motorsport
Mads Ostberg and Jonas Andersson, Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën World Rally Team
Andreas Mikkelsen and Ola Floene, Volkswagen Polo WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport
Mads Ostberg and Jonas Andersson, Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën World Rally Team
Andreas Mikkelsen and Ola Floene, Volkswagen Polo WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport
Winners Andreas Mikkelsen and Ola Floene, Volkswagen Polo WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport

Ostberg's previous long-term co-driver Jonas Andersson has recently left to work with Pontus Tidemand in a move facilitated by EVEN Management - who also have Mikkelsen on their books.

"When Jonas called me with the message that he had accepted an offer from EVEN Management, Pontus Tidemand’s and Andreas Mikkelsen’s management, I had to sit down for a couple of minutes, I admit that," Ostberg said. "Then I immediately started work, together with my team, and we came up quickly with a list of alternatives that could replace Jonas.

"Ola Floene fulfilled all of the criteria I had. I am therefore extremely pleased to announce that Ola and I signed an agreement today which makes us a team for the future. The agreement is long-term.

"We are looking forward to getting started with the preparations for 2016, and look forward to be competing for top positions in the years to come.

Floene, 46, had worked with Mikkelsen on and off since 2006, helping him to Intercontinental Rally Challenge titles in 2011 and 2012 and, most recently, a maiden WRC win.

Before Mikkelsen, he had worked with Morten Ostberg, Mads' father and a frontrunner in the Norwegian championship.

"I have had a very good time with Andreas Mikkelsen," Floene said. "I am proud of the results we have achieved together. I am also very pleased to have been part of the Volkswagen team, which has dominated WRC for the past two years."

"Still I was enthusiastic when I got the request from Mads’ team. My time with Andreas [would have been] limited to one year, the 2016 season. I’m not ready to give up my career at top level this early.

"I feel I have capacity for many years ahead on the highest level. Mads is one of the top drivers in WRC, who may not have been in the most competitive car for the last couple of years.

"To be honest, I would like to become World Champion, and I believe there is a better chance of doing so with a long-term cooperation with Mads, than achieving it in 2016 with Andreas."

shares
comments
Hyundai ready to unveil 2016 i20 WRC

Previous article

Hyundai ready to unveil 2016 i20 WRC

Next article

New i20 WRC challenger unveiled by Hyundai

New i20 WRC challenger unveiled by Hyundai
Load comments
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
What to look out for in the 2021 WRC Prime

What to look out for in the 2021 WRC

As the 2021 World Rally Championship prepares to launch amid tight COVID-19 restrictions in Monte Carlo, here are the eight things unrelated to the pandemic that you should keep an eye on this year

WRC
Jan 21, 2021
Evans on the talking points of WRC 2021 Prime

Evans on the talking points of WRC 2021

He came close to the title last year, and now Toyota's Elfyn Evans gives his verdict on what to expect from 2021 as the World Rally Championship prepares to reconvene for the Monte Carlo season opener.

WRC
Jan 20, 2021
Why Britain's continued WRC absence is a wake-up call Prime

Why Britain's continued WRC absence is a wake-up call

With Rally GB dropping off the World Rally Championship calendar for the second year in a row, one of Britain's best-attended sporting events faces an uncertain future. It's an unfortunate situation that points to troubling times ahead

WRC
Jan 12, 2021