Ole Christian Veiby is facing one of the most enjoyable challenges so far in his career. At the WRC round in Sweden, he will be behind the wheel of a Skoda Fabia R5 in the WRC 2 class, which has an unbelievably strong line-up this year.
“I have never seen a tougher line-up than this time in the WRC 2. I’m really looking forward to seeing where I stand compared to some of the best in the class” says Ole Christian Veiby, who will measure forces against, among others, Esapekka Lappi and Swedish Pontus Tidemand, who both are teammates with Ole Christian in EVEN Management. Both Lappi and Tidemand are works drivers for Skoda and drive the same car as the 19-year-old Norwegian. The two works drivers are considered to be two of the biggest rally talents in the world and favorites for the victory ahead of this event. But also last year’s impressive Norwegian champion Eyvind Brynildsen, multiple Norwegian champion Anders Grøndal and British Elfyn Evans are aiming for the top.
“In the Junior WRC, I’m driving a Citroën with two wheel drive. Now I will drive a car with four wheel drive and that is quite new to me. I got a few great test days ahead of Rally Finnskog and I was planning on using that rally as practice for Rally Sweden. Unfortunately I got a puncture on the first stage and had to retire, so I have not gotten as many kilometers in the car as I had hoped for. Still it will be fun and interesting to see how I can measure up to drivers with more experience than me. For me, the most important thing is to finish and build experience, but I’m hoping to be able to fight for some good stage times” says Ole, who is teaming up with Stig Rune Skjærmoen in the co-driver’s seat.
The Norwegian guys find it a pity that the weather has caused problems for the big festival in the forest. The warm weather has lead to several stages being cancelled.
“I hope and believe that this still will be a great rally, but I think it is unfortunate for the organizer that the event had to be shortened. As the conditions are right now, they have not had a choice and I understand that stages had to be cancelled. Stig Rune and I will make the best out of it and focus on the stages we actually will drive. We can’t do anything about the weather” says Ole.