European Rally Championship

Østberg troubled by brake issues before accident

Mads Ostberg has revealed that he was troubled by brake issues shortly before the accident that put him out of the lead of the FIA European Rally Championship’s Rally Islas Canarias El Corte Inglés.

The Norwegian guest star was pushing hard and was one of many drivers who found themselves with fading brakes on the demanding SS7, Santa Lucia.

“I had a bit of a warning before, when the brake didn’t seem to be working very well,” said Ostberg. “But then it seemed to be better and I thought maybe it was just some dirt or something. Unfortunately though it happened again and when you’re pushing hard there’s not much left in reserve, so we crashed. It’s a real pity as we were enjoying the rally; there’s a fantastic atmosphere.”

The impact damaged the side of Ostberg’s Fiesta heavily, which means that he won’t have the chance to return to competitive action tomorrow.

“The damage is quite big, all the suspension is gone and the side of the car is pushed in: the differential is damaged too,” added Ostberg. “It’s not going to be possible to continue in the rally, but of course I will be in the service park tomorrow.”

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