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Mads Ostberg splits with co-driver ahead of WRC Rally Finland

Mads Ostberg WRC Poland 2017

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

Floene moved from co-driving Andreas Mikkelsen to work with Ostberg at the start of the 2016 World Rally Championship season, in a three-way co-driver reshuffle in which Mikkelsen, Ostberg and WRC2 driver Pontus Tidemand all changed partners.

He will initially be replaced by a pair of co-drivers, Torstein Eriksen and Patrik Barth, both of whom are contracted to the Ostberg family team Adapta Motorsport, with Eriksen taking the seat for Finland.

Eriksen is part of the M-Sport WRC weather crew, and is also leading the British Rally Championship as a co-driver alongside Fredrik Ahlin in a Skoda Fabia R5. Barth co-drives in Junior BRC for Henning Solberg's son Oscar.

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

Ola Floene and Mads Ostberg

"In the end, we must think about what is best for the team.

"On a high performance level, everything has to run smooth."

Former 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 work with Adapta on a separate element of the programme.

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