Ole Christian Veiby impressed greatly at Rally Finland, but had to retire after a proper roll. “It probably looked very dramatic as we rolled six, seven times” he said.
The young Norwegian came to the Finnish WRC round full of confidence after winning Rally Poland. He and co-driver Stig Rune Skjærmoen picked up where they left off in Poland and was the fastest R5 car – the second highest category in the WRC.
“We started very well and quickly found the rhythm and kept the pace up without taking any big risks. Even though we were quickest, I felt that we had more to give” said the 21-year-old.
In his Skoda Fabia R5, he impressed in the Finnish forests until it all came to an end about 3.5 kilometers into SS15.
“We came into a corner a bit too fast and hit a rock, which flipped the car over. I think we rolled six, seven times with a lot of air time in between the rolls. This is the worst roll I have experienced, but not my most brutal crash” said Ole.
Finland is known for being one of the fastest rallies in the WRC. That is why incidents usually are quite dramatic.
“Although it looked very dramatic, neither Stig Rune or I were injured. That says a lot about the safety of the rally cars” he pointed out.
The violent crash does not ruin any of his confidence.
“Absolutely not. This is part of the sport and happens to everyone once in a while” said Ole, who was pleased to see that Esapekka Lappi, his Even Management team-mate, took the overall victory at Rally Finland. The young Finn won his first WRC round – at his forth event in a WRC car.
“Incredible performance and very inspiring to me. With this victory, Lappi shows that it is possible to go from the WRC2 and deliver in the WRC. Teemu Suninen also did a great job and finished fourth after fighting for second for a long time. Suninen and I was pretty much equally fast at Rally Sweden this winter. Then he beat me by a few second after I had spun. That tells me that the last step to the WRC is not as big as I might have thought” he said.