Girlfriend takes over the co-driver's seat
Mads Ostberg and co-driver Ole Kristian Unnerud have finished their cooperation after three good years on the rally scene: with two children who are seeing too little of their father as the main reason, Ole Kristian has decided
not to continue with Ostberg.
Ostberg and the Adapta World Rally Team are now working at getting a new co-driver on board.
"We are not going to rush into anything," says Ostberg. "We are looking for a permanent long-term solution. We are evaluating, and have good alternatives in process, but we take the time we need."
As a temporary solution, his girlfriend Veronica Engan will therefore make her debut appearance in the WRC during Rally Sardinia.
"We are happy to be in this family situation," Team Director Morten Ostberg says with a smile. "At the age of 24 Veronica is one of Norway's best co-drivers, with many years national experience at top level, and four PWRC rallies in addition to that."
"She has the qualities to be a permanent solution, but due to their relation we all regard that as a not-so-good idea," he adds. "But it is very inspiring for all of us to have her in this role for Sardinia.
She allows us to do a careful search for a permanent solution, and secures the possibilities to perform well in this rally."
"I think it is a great opportunity for me," Veronica Engan says. "It has been my ambition to do co-driving on this level, I am confident that I can do it, and it is very special to debut in the WRC with my boyfriend as driver."
Last week the couple had a successful practice together aboard Ostberg's Subaru WRC S12b from last year. They continued with a successful pre-event test on Sardinia in the Subaru WRC S14.
Finishing in sixth place overall at Rally Portugal was a good result and the AWRT team has done promising developments with the car since then.
"I am really comfortable with everything," Ostberg declares. "We are both looking very much forward to start driving."