Ostberg parts company with co-driver Floene

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Ostberg parts company with co-driver Floene
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Jul 14, 2017, 7:47 AM

Private Ford Fiesta WRC driver Mads Ostberg will start Rally Finland with a new co-driver after he and Ola Floene have parted ways for "sporting reasons".

Mads Ostberg, Ola Floene, Ford Fiesta WRC
Mads Ostberg, Ola Floene, Ford Fiesta WRC
Mads Ostberg, Ola Floene, Ford Fiesta WRC
Mads Ostberg, Ola Floene, Ford Fiesta WRC

Floene moved from co-driving Andreas Mikkelsen to work with Ostberg at the start of last season and will now be replaced by Torstein Eriksen and Patrik Barth – both of whom are contracted to the Ostberg family team Adapta Motorsport.

Team principal Morten Ostberg said: "This is a team decision. We have seen over a period that there have been challenges in the relation between Mads and Ola.

"In the end, we must think about what is best for the team. On [a] high performance level, everything has to run smooth."

Ford Citroen and M-Sport factory driver Ostberg is driving his own 2017-specification Fiesta this season, but has struggled to make the sort of impact he had hoped for, a brace of seventh places are the highlights of the five WRC rounds he has started so far this season.

Floene will continue to with Adapta on a separate element of the programme.

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