Mads Ostberg may be one of the youngest drivers in the WRC, but he has racked up an impressive 20 years of motorsport experience. From the age of four, the Norwegian competed on motorbikes before progressing to four wheels at the karting circuit. His first taste of Rally competition came at age13, when he co-drove for father Morten in a Subaru Impreza WRC.
In the summer of 2004, aged 16, Mads made his debut as a driver. Not yet old enough to drive in Norway, his first rally was in Sweden at an event that featured an educational class for drivers aged 16-18. In 2004 and 2005 he started seven ‘educational’ class rallies and he won six of them.
Mads first WRC event came in 2006 at Rally Sweden in which the Norwegian finished 31st overall in a Subaru Impreza WRC. In the same year, he also finished second in the Norwegian Rally Championship.
In 2007 Ostberg continued to drive a Subaru Impreza WRC and contested in six WRC events for the Prodrive-supported Adapta Motorsport team. The same year also saw the youngster take his first stage win on a Super Special Stage at Rally Sweden as well as his first WRC point when he finished eighth overall at Rally Finland. In the same year, Ostberg dominated the Norwegian Rally Championship by winning the national title with victory on each of the seven rounds.
Mads WRC program progressed 2008 with a seven round WRC campaign – again with his Prodrive-supported Adapta Motorsport team in a Subaru Impreza WRC.
In 2009, the Norwegian contested a seven round WRC program with the Adapta World RallyTeam. During this same time, Mads brought on Jonas Andersson, as his fulltime co-driver for both the WRC and the Norwegian Championships. The Scandinavian pairing also contested the 2010 Rally Germany and Rally France in an M-Sport prepared Ford Fiesta S2000. Despite his limited knowledge of competition on asphalt, the duo finished first in the Group N category in France and 16th overall in Germany.
In 2011, Ostberg joined the M-Sport Stobart Ford World Rally Team in a Ford Fiesta RS WRC. Alongside Andersson, the Norwegian recorded his best performance to date with second place finishes at both Rally Sweden and the season final at Wales Rally GB. The pairing finished the season sixth overall to become favorites with colleagues and fans alike.
Back home in Norway, Ostberg concluded his impressive season by securing the Norwegian Rally Championship for the fourth successive year.
In 2012, Mads returned to the wheel of his Adapta Ford Fiesta RS WRC for an 11-round campaign in the WRC. Competing for the Adapta World Rally Team, the Norwegian had his best season to date by securing a win at Rally Portugal and 3rd place finishes in Portugal and Sweden. Ostberg finished his 2012 campaign 4th in the WRC Championships.