Mads Østberg is a Norwegian rally driver. His co-driver is Torstein Eriksen. Østberg competed in his first rally in 2004. His first World Rally Championship event was the 2006 Swedish Rally, in which he finished 31st in his Subaru Impreza WRC 2003. In the 2006 season, he competed in two more WRC rallies. In the 2007 season, Østberg continued with an Impreza WRC 2005 and competed in six world rallies for the Prodrive-supported Adapta team, he took his first stage win on a super special stage of the 2007 Swedish Rally, achieved his first WRC point by finishing eighth at the 2007 Rally Finland. Østberg contested the Norwegian Rally Championship and won the national title. In 2008, Østberg continued to race with Adapta Motorsport in the WRC, using a Subaru Impreza WRC 2007, he did not score any championship points in his seven events. In the 2009 season, Østberg scored points on three WRC rounds and recorded his best-ever finish at the Rally Portugal, finishing sixth, his Adapta AS team was supported by Prodrive because of Subaru's withdrawal from the championship.
In the following season, Østberg contested four WRC rallies in an Impreza WRC 2007 & 2008 and two in a Ford Fiesta S2000. For the second year in running, he placed 11th in the drivers' world championship. Østberg moved to Stobart M-Sport Ford for the 2011 season, driving a Ford Fiesta RS WRC, attaining a second place in 2011 Rally Sweden after leading much of the rally. He gained another second-place finish at 2011 Rally GB, the final round, ended sixth in the drivers championship. In 2012, Østberg reverted to Adapta Motorsport, despite continued to race with a Fiesta RS WRC. After a 3rd place in Sweden, he won his first rally at the 2012 Rally de Portugal after Mikko Hirvonen was disqualified; this made him the first non-French/Finnish driver to win a rally since 2005 and the second Norwegian event winner in WRC history. Østberg followed this up with a third place in Rally Argentina before going on to finish the season in fourth place. Østberg returned to Qatar M-Sport for the 2013 season, this time M-Sport is a'De Facto' Ford leading team after the American manufacturer's official withdrawal at the end of the 2012 season.
Østberg secured two podium finishes and ended the season in sixth place of the drivers championship. In December of that year, it was announced that Østberg will move to Citroën's works team for 2014 with Kris Meeke as his team-mate. In 2014, Østberg got four podiums, he got the fifth rank at the drivers championship. In 2015, Østberg continued to drive for the Citroën World Rally Team. After four competitions, he ranked second at the drivers championship, he ended the season as the "best of the rest", ranked fourth in the championship behind the trio of VW drivers. At the end of the 2015 season, it was announced that Østberg would return to M-Sport for 2016, this time driving the Evolution version of the Fiesta RS WRC, he would be partnered by Andreas Mikkelsen's former co-driver Ola Fløene. Østberg finished seventh in the standings. Østberg announced he would take on a limited schedule in a private entry for 2017 as he and wife Beate welcomed his first child in late February. * Season still in progress.
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Vikingskipet known as Hamar Olympic Hall, is an indoor multi-use sport and event venue in Hamar, Norway. It was built as the speed skating rink for the 1994 Winter Olympics, has since hosted events and tournaments in ice speedway, association football, ice sledge speed racing, flying disc and track cycling; the arena is used for concerts, trade fair and the annual computer party The Gathering. It is the home arena of Hamar IL bandy team; the venue is owned by Hamar Municipality, along with Hamar Olympic Amphitheatre is run by the municipal Hamar Olympiske Anlegg. Vikingskipet has a capacity for 10,600 spectators during sporting 20,000 during concerts; the arena was designed by Niels Torp, Biong & Biong, opened on 19 December 1992. The complex cost 230 million Norwegian krone; the localization was controversial, as it is located at a Ramsar site. It is Norway's national venue for speed skating and bandy, holds annual ISU Speed Skating World Cup races, as well as regular world championships, it has among other things hosted tournaments of the World Allround Speed Skating Championships, European Speed Skating Championships, World Single Distance Championships, World Sprint Speed Skating Championships, UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Speedway Grand Prix and World Rally Championship.
During the process of the Lillehammer bid for the 1992 Winter Olympics, the International Olympic Committee had not specified that it was necessary with an indoor speed skating rink. Calgary had used the indoor Olympic Oval during the 1988 Winter Olympics, but Albertville, who were awarded the 1992 Winter Olympics, had opted for the outdoor L'anneau de vitesse. In its bid, the speed skating events were planned held at Stampesletta, an outdoor track and field stadium in Lillehammer. Only after Lillehammer had been awarded the 1994 Winter Olympics was it decided that an indoor venue would have to be built for the games. Hamar had been a venue for international speed skating events at Hamar stadion; the town was therefore selected to host the two skating venues. In December 1989, it was decided that the new venue would be built at Åkervika, a Ramsar site 1 kilometer outside downtown Hamar. A compromise was reached whereby the stadium was moved 50 meters from its original location, two birdwatching towers were built, a lumber yard was moved.
Nature and Youth remained opposed to the plans, stating the location "has destroyed part of one of the world's most important bird reserves". The construction was passed by the Parliament of Norway in April 1990. Architects were Niels Torp, Biong and Biong. Ole K. Karlsen was selected to build the building, in competition with eleven other contractors; the ventilation contract worth NOK 18 million had been awarded to Hagen & Haugan on 29 May 1991. Two days the Lillehammer Olympic Organizing Committee signed a sponsorship agreement with Norsk Viftefabrikk and Elektrisk Bureau, both part of Asea Brown Boveri, which demanded discounts in their sponsorship payments for not receiving the contract. In September 1992, which owned Ole K. Karlsen, filed for bankruptcy, causing delays in construction; when it opened, Vikingskipet was the largest indoor sports venue in the world, has twice the spectator capacity of the Olympic Oval. The ice rink was first tested on 15 December 1992, opened on 19 December.
The construction of the venue cost NOK 230 million, entirely financed through state grants. Hamar Municipality contributed by building a co-located fire station for NOK 21 million. Local businesses contributed with NOK 8 million. Moelven Industrier and Fireguard both contributed in exchange for being able to use the venues for marketing large wooden structures. To finance the operating deficit after the Olympics, Hamar Municipality received a capital grant of NOK 30 million, with the interest going to pay for running Vikingskipet and Hamar Olympic Amphitheatre. Operating costs were estimated at NOK 7 million per year. Similar to Hamar Olympic Amphitheatre, the venue has two official names, Hamar Olympic Hall and Vikingskipet; the former cannot be used commercially by non-Olympic events, such as in merchandise. The venue has a volume of 400,000 cubic meters; the hall has a spectator capacity of 10,600 people. During the Olympics, this included 250 press seats and 100 commentator seats. Access to the inner ring can be provided via an underpass.
Lighting is provided at 1,400 lux, while the venue has a ventilation system capable of both heating and cooling, as well as de-moisturizing, both re-use and circulation of air. The refrigeration unit uses an ammonia and saline solution, transported in pipes within the concrete, which allows for an ice temperature of between −5.5 and −6.5 degrees Celsius. The heat from the refrigerating unit can be reused; the rink itself is 400 meters long, with a turning radius of 25.5 meters. Within the speed skating rink lies a bandy field; the venue was designed to allow for association football, cycling and field, curling and cross-country skiing. The inside of the track can be used for association football, with pitch dimensions up to 105 by 68 meters, it can function as an indoor driving range for golf. The name derives from the roof looking like the keel of a Viking ship; the building is visible from the E6 motorway and the Dovre Line passin
Ford Focus RS WRC
The Ford Focus RS WRC is a car built for the Ford World Rally Team by Ford Europe and M-Sport and based on the Ford Focus Climate 2-litre production hatchback, developed to compete in the World Rally Championship. The RS stands for the WRC for World Rally Car, the car's FIA specification; the Focus RS WRC was in competition from 1999 to 2010, winning 44 world rallies and two manufacturers' world titles. It was replaced by the Ford Fiesta RS WRC. Like all contemporary World Rally Cars, the car is modified from the production version, with which it shares only the basic shape and some parts of the bodyshell; the car features four-wheel drive, rather than the front-wheel drive of the road car. The engine used in the 2007 Focus WRC is based on Ford's 2.0 Litre Duratec from other models in the Focus range as rallying rules do not permit the standard 2.5-litre engine of the Focus ST or road going RS. As with most rally cars, the 2.0-litre engine is modified and performance was increased using a turbocharger.
The 2009 Ford Focus RS WRC uses a Ford 1998cc Pipo built l4 Duratec WRC engine, Pi electronic engine management system, Garrett turbocharger, air intercooler, a catalytic converter. The car's transmission is a permanent four-wheel drive with an M-Sport designed active centre differential, Pi electronic differential control units, M-Sport/Ricardo five-speed sequential gearbox with electro-hydraulically controlled shift and an M-Sport/Sachs multi-disc carbon clutch; the first version of the car was built in 1999 to replace the Ford Escort WRC. It debuted in the Monte Carlo Rally with Colin McRae and Simon Jean-Joseph behind the wheels of the two cars, it was on the pace, setting many fastest stage times, but the use of an illegal water pump meant that the two cars were excluded from the event. McRae gave the Focus its first win two events on the Safari Rally Kenya finishing over 15 minutes ahead of the second placed Toyota of Didier Auriol. Despite coming close on several occasions, the car never won either the drivers or manufacturers title.
This included McRae losing the 2001 title by 2 points after crashing out of the final round. In 2003, Ford released a newly designed Focus RS WRC, named Focus RS WRC 03, for competition during the second part of the season; the car, with most parts redesigned from the ground up, featured a lighter body shell and a new aerodynamically enhanced front bumper and wing. Markko Märtin drove the car to two world rally victories; the 2004 and 2005 Focus RS WRCs were evolutions based on the RS WRC 03. The Focus RS WRC 04 won three events with Märtin at the wheel. By 2005, the car was no longer competitive and Ford had a winless season. From the last rally of the 2005 season, Ford campaigned a brand new model, the Focus RS WRC 06, following the launch of the new road-going version of the car; the engine chosen for this Focus was a Duratec motor developed by the French engine specialist Pipo Moteur. The car took twelve world rally wins, starting with the 2006 season opener Monte Carlo Rally in the hands of Marcus Grönholm.
The Focus RS WRC 07 is based on the 2006 model, according to Ford's technical director Christian Loriaux "the changes on the new car are to save weight and to improve efficiency and performance at the bottom end of the range." The car debuted successfully at the 2007 Rally Finland as Ford's Finns Grönholm and Mikko Hirvonen finished in first and second. It made history at the 2008 Swedish Rally when Jari-Matti Latvala used the car to become youngest-ever driver to win a world rally; the Focus RS WRC 08 is based on the 2007 model. The Focus WRC 08 was in competition for the first time with its new front aero design at the 2008 Rallye Deutschland; the 2008 version of the Focus RS WRC includes design style changes as well as engine improvements. Style changes to the grill area reflect the looks of the previewed Focus RS Mk II road sport car; the 2008 RS WRC was driven to its only victory at the 2008 Rally Japan. The 2009 version of the Focus RS WRC debuted at the 2009 Rally d'Italia Sardegna, leading Ford to a 1-2.
It includes small design style changes. Style changes were made to the lights frame and rear bumper to bring the look closer to the Focus RS Mk II 2009 road sport car; the 2009 Focus RS WRC remained the last of Ford's WRC cars based on the Focus. It was replaced by the Ford Fiesta RS WRC after the 2010 season; the Ford Focus RS WRC appeared in 173 World Rally Championship events, winning 44 and collecting 142 podium places. Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team M-Sport Ford Focus WRC history and WRC events entered
Rally Italia Sardegna
The Rally Italia Sardegna is a rally competition in Sardinia, a round of the World Rally Championship schedule and the Intercontinental Rally Challenge. The rally is held on narrow, twisty and bumpy mountain roads around the town of Alghero; the Italian round of the World Rally Championship was the Rallye Sanremo, held first as a mixed surface event and on asphalt roads around the resort of Sanremo, but Rally d'Italia Sardegna replaced it in the WRC schedule from the 2004 season. The 2008 event was held from 15 to 18 May 2008 and the latest stage, Liscia Ruja, was broadcast live; the 2010 rally was the first running of the event under IRC rules and four stages were broadcast live by Eurosport. Non-WRC events denotes in italics Official site
The ADAC Rallye Deutschland is a rally event held in Germany. The event was first held in 1982 and hosted by e.g. Frankfurt and Koblenz. In 2000, the rally was relocated to the region around Trier. Part of the European and German championships, the event has been in the World Rally Championship calendar since the 2002 season. Part of the European Rally Championship and the German Rally Championship, the rally was included in the World Rally Championship calendar for the 2002 season; the organisers opted for a split in locations: media center, rally headquarters and the parc ferme were placed in Trier, the parc ferme being a prominent display of all remaining cars on the Viehmarkt, surrounded by restaurants and special events such as music and the brewery festival. Start and finish ceremonies were held in Trier in front of the Porta Nigra with the cars making their way through the spectators. Meanwhile, the service park was located 60 km southeast on the shore of the picturesque Bostalsee; the rally traditionally started with the shakedown close to the servicepark on Thursday morning, before moving to Trier for the showstart.
The next three days were separated according to the three different track characteristics. Friday's leg one was held to the northeast of Trier around the Moselle in the vineyards. For afternoon and evening service the cars returned to Bostalsee before heading to Trier and parc-ferme. Saturdays' stages were held on and around the military training grounds of Baumholder, including the famous special stage "Panzerplatte"; the day ended with a spectator special stage in the small town of Sankt Wendel. Leg three was held in the northern Saarland around Sankt Wendel, followed by a second pass through the spectator special stage. In the early afternoon the crews returned to Trier for the Finish ceremony; the existing layout received criticism from fans and the FIA with many complaining about the long liaison between stages, the town of Trier its small businesses, looking for more involvement by moving Trier into the center of rally. For the 2007 edition, the layout was modified accordingly; the service park along with the media center moved from Bostalsee to Trier's convention center grounds, which offer better infrastructure and are easier to reach.
Fans can park in the streets nearby or make use of special shuttle services serving large parking grounds throughout Trier. Both parking and the service park itself are now based on asphalt making them more weather-safe; the shakedown was relocated to the Luxembourgish border and the stages reorganised altogether, putting more focus on the vineyards close to Trier. As before, Friday consists of stages northeast of Trier. However, the second day now combines both the military grounds of Baumholder with a shortened version of Panzerplatte as well as some of the previous Saarland-stages. Sunday again moves the crews back to the vineyards, before the teams return to Trier for the newly created spectator special stage Circus Maximus. Advertised as the highlight of three days of Rally Germany, this stage is a 4.37 km run through downtown Trier around the Porta Nigra. Four cars drive four laps on the roads of Trier. Fans can watch the stage on specially erected grandstands or from the curbside. In 2008, the WRC run through stage was broadcast live on television.
The revised layout received a lot of praise. 2007 saw 15,000 spectators in Circus Maximus alone, with a total attendance of more than 200,000 for all three days. Due to a cutback in the number of rallies included in each season's calendar and the introduction of alternating rallies, Rallye Deutschland was not part of the 2009 calendar, it returned with Sébastien Loeb taking his eighth consecutive win. Rally Deutschland is held on asphalt. A significant part of its attraction originates in the mixture of track characteristics encountered throughout the three-day period; this setup has earned it the description of "three rallies in one". The vineyard stages consist of tight and twisted support roads, with short straights and hairpins in the steep mountains surrounding the Moselle. Fans like the stages because of the close proximity to the cars, sitting on small walls and in between the vines less than 2m from the ideal line. However, this layout has raised serious concerns with the FIA regarding spectator safety.
In 2008, the final stage of leg one was cancelled after too many fans where trying to make their way through the vineyards. The roads on the military training ground, called the panzerplatte or armour flat, near Baumholder are made of rough concrete and surrounded by the dangerous "Hinkelstones" rocks up to a meter in size lining either side the roads as a restraint for military vehicles; the stages are fast and the vast military grounds offer endless spectator points, including the legendary crest known as "Gina". On this terrain small driving-errors automatically lead to serious damage to both car and driver, the most prominent victim being Petter Solberg in 2004; the asphalt roads in the rural northern Saarland are fast with high-speed curves, only interrupted by some tight turns onto smaller roads. Besides the different track characteristics, the changing weather makes for additional excitement. Short but strong rainshowers can appear out of nowhere and complicate the tyre-choice. In 2004, Marcus Grönholm became the prominent victim of a rainy morning when he crashed out of the introductory stage on Friday.
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Sébastien Loeb is a French professional rally and rallycross driver. He competed for the Citroën World Rally Team in the World Rally Championship and is the most successful driver in WRC history, having won the world championship a record nine times in a row, he holds several other WRC records, including most event wins, most podium finishes and most stage wins. Loeb announced his retirement from World Rallying at the end of the 2012 season. Participating in selected events in the 2013 WRC season, he raced a full season in the FIA GT Series driving a McLaren MP4-12C before moving on with Citroën to the FIA World Touring Car Championship in 2014. In the 2018 season he is one of the official drivers of the Team Peugeot Total. A gymnast, Loeb switched to rallying in 1995 and won the Junior World Rally Championship in 2001. Signed by the Citroën factory team for the 2002 season, he and co-driver Daniel Elena took their maiden WRC win that same year at the Rallye Deutschland. After finishing runner-up to Petter Solberg by one point in 2003, Loeb took his first drivers' title in 2004.
Continuing with Citroën, he went on to take a record ninth consecutive world title in 2012. Loeb is a tarmac expert, having won all but three of the WRC rallies on that surface in which he has participated since 2005. Besides his success in rallying, Loeb is a three-time winner at the Race of Champions, after taking home the Henri Toivonen Memorial Trophy and the title "Champion of Champions" in 2003, 2005 and 2008. In 2004, he won the Nations' Cup for France with Jean Alesi. In 2006, he finished second in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Loeb was named the French Sportsman of the Year in 2007 and 2009, made knight of the Legion of Honour in 2009. In 2012, he won the rallycross final in his first appearance at X Games XVIII. In 2018, Loeb won the Spanish round of that year's World Rally Championship, in a rare entry six years after his retirement as a full-time rally driver. Loeb was born in Haguenau, France, the only child of Guy and Ingrid Loeb and grew up in Oberhoffen-sur-Moder, he competed as gymnast and became a four-time Alsatian champion, once champion of the French Grand East, fifth in the French championship.
He broke off school in 1992 but resumed taking classes in 1994, aiming at vocational training in electrical engineering. On 12 September 1994, in parallel with his classes, he started working as an electrician at the Socalec company near Haguenau Airport, where he was the oldest apprentice and noted for his daring/reckless driving style. On this level, he could count on the understanding of his boss, himself fascinated by speed and owned a Ferrari Testarossa 512 TR. In 1995, at age 21, he definitively turned his attention to racing. In 1998, he started entering events in the French Citroën Saxo Trophy series, winning the title in 1999. Guy Fréquelin, Citroën Sport's team principal, would serve as Loeb's mentor as he entered the Junior World Rally Championship in 2001, becoming the series' first champion by winning five of the six events; the only event he didn't win this year was Rallye Sanremo: for this event, he was elected as a driver for the WRC championship, driving a Citroën Xsara WRC alongside Philippe Bugalski and Jesús Puras.
In only his third rally with a World Rally Car, he hounded Peugeot tarmac specialist and eventual victor Gilles Panizzi to the finish, ended up second. The 2002 season was Loeb's first as a WRC driver with the Citroën Total World Rally Team, although the team only participated in seven rounds in the build-up to their full entry the following year. Loeb started the season by provisionally winning the Monte Carlo Rally, after racing under appeal due to a two-minute time penalty incurred by an illegal tyre change during the second day. Citroën considered the penalty too severe but withdrew the appeal, Subaru's Tommi Mäkinen took a record fourth consecutive Monte Carlo win. Loeb took his maiden victory at the Rallye Deutschland in Germany, edging out Peugeot's Richard Burns. In 2003, his first full season in the championship, Loeb won three WRC events, Monte Carlo and Sanremo, before losing to Petter Solberg in the Wales Rally Great Britain losing the championship to him by just one point. Sebastian was asked by his team not to chase Solberg at all costs so that he doesn't jeopardise Citroën's lead in constructors' championship.
Loeb's reputation grew as he defeated his more illustrious teammates – Carlos Sainz and Colin McRae – over the course of the season. At the end of the year, he earned the title "Champion of Champions" by beating Marcus Grönholm in the final of the Race of Champions. In the 2004 season, Loeb dominated the WRC scene in a similar way to the Michael Schumacher domination of Formula One the same year, by winning six events and taking six runner-up spots to securely give him the drivers' title, 36 points clear of second-placed Solberg, his six WRC victories tied the record for victories in one season with fellow Frenchman Didier Auriol, who won six events in 1992. He was responsible for Citroën's second manufacturers' title in a row. Known as a tarmac specialist, 2004 was the year Loeb proved himself capable of winning on other surfaces as well, he won the snow-based Swedish Rally. On gravel, he triumphed in Rally of Turkey and the Rally Australia. On tarmac, he continued his success in Monte Germany.
In 2005, with victory in the ninth round in Argentina, Loeb became the first to win six consecutive rallies, beating Timo Salonen's record of four from 1985. Having won the season-opening Rallye Automobile M