"Actually, as I saw Tapio racing the Mini Classic Safari in a
Kabras’s Porsche, I asked Mads Østberg if he’s interested in
racing the Safari Rally 2019 in July.
"He replied he’s really interested.
"I linked him to a Kenyan team but they couldn’t come to an
agreement due to some logistical issues.
"As we're both from Norway, it was easier for me to ask him
if he would be interested to do the Safari.
"The idea came to me when he announced that he will do Otago
Rally in New Zealand in 2019.
"It was his first confirmed event as he had lost his seat at
"So I told him the Safari could be the second one.
"Even when he was dealing his contract in Rallycross with
Skoda, he got back to me many times to ask about the Safari
"Unfortunately, they couldn't come to an agreement
Nevertheless, all is not lost.
"Personally I'm convinced that hosting a top world rally
driver like Mads is a great opportunity for African teams and
"It has a great PR and ROI values.
"The google search for Otago Rally has significantly
increased after Mads announced he’ll do it.
"We're always aiming to bring back the WRC in Africa.
"Africa has some great events: the Safari of course but also
Rallye Bandama of Ivory Coast and the York Rally of South
Østberg won the 2012 Portugal Rally when driving a M-sport
Ford Fiesta WRC
and scored many podium finishes.
"He won the Norwegian NRC title three times in 2006, 2007 and
He’s now searching for a contract with an official team in
FIA African Rally
Championship (ARC) 2019 Calendar
Bandama (Ivory Coast)-ROUND 1
April 27-28-York Rally
(South Africa)-ROUND 2
International Motor Rally (Zambia)-ROUND 3
July 6-7-Safari Rally
August 3-4: Pearl of
Africa Uganda Rally -POAUR (Uganda)-ROUND 5
September 14-15: Rally of
Tanzania (Tanzania)-ROUND 6
October 5-6: Rwanda
Mountain Gorilla Rally (Rwanda)-ROUND 7