Won the fight with Latvala
Written by Mads Østberg    Wednesday, 24 May 2017 11:20   
With a little more than ten seconds in hand Mads Østberg and codriver Ola Fløene had a last-day fight with Jari-Matti Latvala (Toyota) for 8th place in Rally Portugal. 
Mads was quicker on two of the last three stages and the Norwegian privateer kept his position. He finished the rally with a huge jump on the Fafe “power stage”, happy to finish a difficult event.
-I saw the 40 metre sign coming towards us and we landed with our front left wheel more or less on top of it. A little bit more “exciting” than we had planned perhaps, but fun to give the huge crowd something to cheer for, Mads says.
Mads and Ola started the rally with ambitions to fight for a top position, but their chances were destroyed with two punctures midway through Friday.
-The first one we “survived”, but on SS5 we had to stop and change the wheel and lost three and a half minutes. So the rest of the rally has been a question of finishing and testing different set-ups. Of course it has been disappointing not to be up among the frontrunners, but we have won two stages in this rally and also gained a lot of valuable experience.
A talking point in this rally has been the shiny gold coloured roof on Mads` Fiesta. It has actually nothing to do with livery or aesthetics, but has a fully practical reason.
-We started to talk about the heat inside the car in Argentina. A black roof on the car actually sucks the rays of sun and heat into the car, and then someone suggested a shiny and reflective surface on the roof. And shiny gold really does the job. It has been much cooler inside the car and much more comfortable for Ola and me. On long stages we have experienced less sweating and dehydration, Mads says.
With only twelve days to go before the start of the next WRC-round in Sardinia, Mads is looking forward to new possibilities.
-I feel that we are on the right course. Rally Portugal wasn`t as expected for us, but we have gained a lot of valuable experience with the car and will use that to fight for a better result in Sardinia.

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