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GP Week : Issue 31
Mads sees the light NORWEGIAN driver Mads Ostberg took many new steps when he appeared at the Catalunya Rally. It was the first time he had entered the event, his last full event before he turns 21 years old, his first appearance on a tarmac rally in the World Championship, and for the first time outside Norway, he was seen wearing spectacles. “This has been a major step for me,”explained the 20-year-old. “My worries started recently when I had two accidents which I could not account for, and as a result I was advised to undergo tests. We found one eye was not working right. They tried some corrective surgery but this did not correct my sight, and now I am wearing spectacles. “I tried them out on a rally back home the weekend before when I became national Champion, so I know they cannot be the wrong thing to do. “And don’t forget,”he added, “spectacles helped Timo Salonen become World Champion!” His co-driver Ola Kristian Unnerud, however, was a little bemused. “It was strange realising we had been rallying together all this time and I never knew he could not see ...” 42 Martin Holmes