Rally Italia Sardegna is a new challenge for Ole Christian Veiby. “It’s all about getting to the finish without problems. If we manage to do that, we will get a good result” he said.
The event on the beautiful Italian Mediterranean island is actually the only WRC round in Europe that the almost 21-year-old Norwegian has not participated at. But that is about to change this weekend when he and co-driver Stig Rune Skjærmoen gear up for start in the WRC2 with their Skoda Fabia R5.
“We did the reconnaissance last year and I kind of know what awaits us. I would describe it as a rally quite different from the other WRC events. It might be the roughest with very difficult conditions. We need to think about both the car and tyres and do what we can to avoid problems. It is about surviving and get to the finish in the best way possible. If we manage to do that, I’m sure we will also get a good result” he said.
The Skoda driver leads the Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) after the two rounds in New Zealand and Australia. These rallies have given him valuable kilometers and he has found a great pace, something he hopes to take advantage of at Rally Italia Sardegna.
“I feel very comfortable with the car and in that way I’m well prepared. We had a little test on Monday, but it was raining – and that is not the conditions we want to deal with during the event” said Ole.
He describes the roads as rough and challenging with different kinds of road signs.
“The roads are narrow and fast, wide and messy – and rocks everywhere. No stages are the same. The gravel is also a bit different from what we are used to. There are lots of rocks on the sides of the roads so we need to be careful and not cut too much. If we can avoid technical problems and punctures, a podium finish should be within reach” said Ole, who competes for Printsport with support from Skoda Motorsport.