Ole Christian Veiby makes his four-wheel-drive debut in the WRC at Rally Sweden. The 19-year-old has driven in a controlled way in the difficult conditions and is pleased after the opening day.
“Everything has gone according to plan and I’m very happy with the progression we have had today. It has been difficult to adapt to a new car in these challenging conditions” says Ole, who usually competes in the Junior World Rally Championship with a two-wheel-drive Citroën. It is a big transition to a Skoda Fabia R5, which has four-wheel-drive, and Ole and his co-driver Stig Rune Skjærmoen had no ambitions to be in the top fight in the tough competition that the WRC 2 class offers this time.
“We are not bothered by the others in the category. We are just focusing on ourselves and we are taking this step by step. If this development continues, I hope we will manage to deliver some good stage times” says Ole, who is eight in the WRC 2 – one minute and 42 seconds behind leading Brit Elfyn Evans. However, Ole has only just over a minute up to experienced drivers like Anders Grøndal and Pontus Tidemand, who are in fourth and fifth place.
“It is important to us to complete the rally in order to get as much experience as possible, both with the car and the event. That’s why we won’t push too hard. But a lot can happen when two long days remain” says Ole.