It’s Ford for Østberg and Andersson

Mats Østberg and Jonas Andersson have signed for Qatar M-Sport World Rally Team for 2013.

The Norwegian-Swedish duo will compete a full season in the Ford Fiesta RS WRC.

– This is a big opportunity for me, says Østberg in a pressrelease from M-Sport.

Mads Østberg and Jonas Andersson can look back at a successful 2012. They competed in 11 out of 13 rallies, finished in all and never lower than fifth place. In Portugal they scored their first victory.

In the championship they finished fourth, beaten only by Sébastien Loeb, Mikko Hirvonen and Jari-Matti Latvala.

– Østbergs results in 2012 have been very impressive. They show he’s ready to take the next step in his career, says Malcolm Wilson of M-Sport.

Mads Østberg is of course happy for the chance he and Jonas Andersson now are given.

– I really look forward to the next season and can hardly wait for the testing to get started, he says.

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