Looking for speed in Finland

8. Jun. 2016

Ole Christian Veiby fights in the top of the Finnish rally championship:

Looking for speed in Finland.

On Saturday, Ole Christian Veiby participates in the Finnish rally championship in order to find the right pace for the next round in the FIA Junior World Rally Championship (JWRC).

The 19-year-old has already done two out of three rounds in the Finnish championship. In the country that is crazy for rally, he has taken one victory and one second place and is in third place in the championship standings. Enset Oy SM-Ralli, which consists of nine special stages of nearly 120 km, has its base outside the city of Tampere.

“There is an enormous interest for rallying in Finland and the Finns think it’s fun that I come over there and mix in with the top fight. They are not used to having foreigners beating their own drivers. But I’m not thinking about the championship. For us, the most important thing is to find a proper sense of speed before Rally Poland. Besides, I don’t know if I will do any more events in the Finnish championship” said Ole – who will also be doing the Finnish JWRC round later this summer. This weekend’s rally is a great test for that as well.

This weekend, Ole and his co-driver Stig Rune Skjærmoen will take place in EVEN Management’s Skoda Fabia R5, which is a four-wheel-drive car and completely different from the two-wheel-drive car that they use in the JWRC.

“Rally Poland is said to be one of the fastest WRC rallies when it comes to average speed. That’s why it is important to find the right pace before the event. That applies to both Stig Rune and me. In an R5 car, everything goes so much faster and the rally in Finland will give us valuable experience and the speed we need. We had a test day with the car last week and it’s really fun to drive” said Ole.

In the JWRC, the Norwegian guys drive a Citroën DS3 R3T, and in order to get back to front-wheel-drive, they have a test already on Monday.

“The cars are very different, that’s why it’s important that we get a test immediately after the weekend to get back to the feeling with the Citroën. With this rally and the following test, we will be well prepared for the next JWRC round” said Ole.