In a Volkswagen Polo GTI R5, and with the rally-cross world champion as a team-mate, Ole Christian Veiby are excited about Rally Sweden and will be aiming for a podium in the WRC2 category.
After having finished third at Rally Sweden the last two years, Ole Christian are now looking to finish on a higher step on the podium. Together with co-driver Jonas Andersson, he is going in to the Rally Sweden week with a good boost, after last weekend’s victory at Rally Hadeland in Norway.
“We are as prepared as we can be, and that victory in the Norwegian Championship was a really good confidence boost. We kick off the week with a test on the Monday and we know the stages pretty well, so I feel we are well prepared. Whenever I start a rally, I always want to win, but I’m not alone in thinking that. This must be the strongest line up in the WRC2 in history! With all these super strong competitors, I admit it will be hard to fight for victory, but a podium should be within reach. We will be on it from the first stage, and our target is, as always, a podium and preferably the top step!”
Ole Christians team-mate in the Volkswagen Dealer Team Bauhaus, will be the reigning world champion in rally cross, Johan Kristoffersson. They will both compete in a Volkswagen Polo GTI R5.
“I’m really looking forward to be team-mate with Johan again, even though I’m expecting him to be one of the toughest competitors. He has already won a couple of rallies in Sweden!”
Based in Torsby, Rally Sweden is only an hour’s drive away from Kongsvinger in Norway, which is home for Ole Christian. Some of Friday’s stages are run on the Norwegian side, and this is very special to the young Norwegian.
“It’s always very cool when you compete in the world rally championship in front of your home-crowd. I remember being a little boy watching the cars and drivers from the side-line, and to be one of them now, is still very special to me. And to see that the stages are lined with Norwegian flags, local spectators, family and friends – that motivates you to push a little bit extra. The Hof-Finnskog stage is literally home-soil to me, as the stage runs through the Veiby-family forest!”