Official: Ostberg names Barth as his new co-driver for 2022 as Eriksen joins Mikkelsen

Mads Ostberg announced today via his social media that he and Torstein Eriksen will end their partnership as the last one will join Andreas Mikkelsen in WRC2 category next season.

Eriksen joined Ostberg in WRC back in 2017 and ever since they were competing together in many events in WRC and in ERC.

However, the Norwegian co-driver decided not to continue with Ostberg in 2022 for financial reasons as the last one could not offer what Eriksen asked for a salary.

Therefore, Eriksen decided to join Andreas Mikkelsen in 2022 as there was a co-driver seat available after Elliott Edmondson's split with the last one at the end of 2021.

Finally, Patrik Barth will be the new navigator for Ostberg next year with the first one having been the former co-driver of Pontus Tidemand in 2020 and in fact he had been one member of the Ostberg's gravel crew in 2017.

"Torstein and I have enjoyed a long and good companionship since 2012, when he was part of my gravel crew", Ostberg said in his social media.

"In Finland 2017 he replaced Ola Floene. 

"We have many good results together, with several podium places in WRC, and 2 gold and one silver for Torstein in the co-driver WRC2 championship.

"I can surely say that our cooperation has been good from the first to the last rally, good work, good relation and good friendship.

"Torstein has chosen to switch to Andreas Mikkelsen, after a financial offer I am not able to meet.

"It was a surprise, I must admit, but fortunately I have a perfect replacement in Partrik Barth, with whom I have worked since 2017. 

"With the exception of 2020, when Patrik was in the main competitor car in WRC2 with Pontus Tidemant, Patrik has been part of my team as "gravel crew". 

"He has also been my co-driver in ERC back in 2017. 

"I know what I can expect, and to be honest I am very happy".

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