Exciting season ahead of Ole Christian Veiby:
“My goal is to win the Junior WRC”
Ole Christian Veiby has his goals set high for this year’s rally season. “I’m aiming for first place, my goal is to become Junior World Champion” he says.
When the rally season starts this weekend with Rally Monte-Carlo as the first WRC round of the year, the 19-year-old Norwegian will be on the starting line with his Citröen DS3 R3T, run by the Finnish team Printsport. Last year he debuted in the world’s most well-known rally with an impressive third place. This year, Rally Monte-Carlo is not on the JWRC programme. Still, the event will be a good test considering what is coming up later during the season for the youngster, who took the second place in his first JWRC season last year.
“I have an exciting season ahead of me. This year I’m chasing first place in the JWRC, although I know that the competition will be just as tough as last year. In addition to the JWRC, I will also do some rallies in a Skoda Fabia R5 to gain experience from four wheel drive. Those events include, among others, Rally Finnskog in Norway and the Swedish WRC round. I’m really looking forward to it” says Ole, who has to wait until May for his first JWRC event, which is Rally Portugal.
“It was all new to me last year, but now I have experience from most events. In rallying, that is a great advantage. I learned a lot last season and even though there were ups and downs, I had a great progression and it tasted extra sweet to end the season by winning in Wales. It has made me more confident in myself and I know that I am good enough to win a rally. This is a feeling I will take with me into the new season” he says.
To begin the season with Rally Monte-Carlo could not have been more challenging. Although Ole impressed last year, he knows that it is a very difficult event that awaits him in the mountains surrounding the French Riviera. Before going into this season, he has made a co-driver switch. His co-driver from last season, Anders Jæger, will take place next to Andreas Mikkelsen and Stig Rune Skjærmoen will join Ole in the co-driver’s seat. Rally Finnskog will be their first event together as Swedish Jonas Andersson will be co-driving for Ole in Monte Carlo this weekend.
“Jonas is one of the most experienced co-drivers in the world. To have him with me at an event this demanding and difficult makes me feel more confident. Already on the recce, he has given me many good advice. At this rally, tyre choice will be crucial and I’m sure Jonas’ experience will come in handy” says the Norwegian.
To find a working tactic ahead of the legendary rally is not easy. Ole explains that it is important to be patient and not feel the stress.
“Rally is about driving as fast as possible, but in Monte-Carlo I need to have the guts to drive slowly enough. To lose a minute on one stage is nothing, you can easily catch the time on the following stage. With stages consisting of a mixture between dry asphalt, snow and ice, tyre strategy is very important” he says.
Ole and Jonas have two test days behind them before coming to Rally Monte-Carlo. The duo describes it as a very valuable test.
“On the first day, the roads were mostly covered with snow and ice and we got to see how slippery that is. We use asphalt tyres with small studs and that gives poor grip. It takes some time to get used to it and we will have to take it easy when we meet similar surfaces during the event. On the second test day, we had all kinds of conditions so we feel well prepared” he says.
Time schedule Rally Monte-Carlo 2016
Thursday 21 January
20:18 SS1 Entrevaux – Val de Chalvagne – Rouaine (21,25km)
22:11 SS2 Barles – Seyne (20,38km)
Friday 22 January
10:21 SS3 Corps – La Salle En Beaumont 1 (14,65km)
11:04 SS4 Aspres Les Corps – Chauffayer 1 (25,78km)
11:40 SS5 Les costes – Chaillol 1 (17,82km)
15:01 SS6 Corps – La Salle en Beaumont 2 (14,65km)
15:44 SS7 Aspres Les Corps – Chauffayer 2 (25,78km)
16:20 SS8 Les Costes – Chaillol 2 (17,82km)
Saturday 23 January
08:04 SS9 Lardier Et Valenca – Faye 1 (51,55km)
09:52 SS10 St Leger Les Melezes – La Batie Neuve 1 (17,13)
12:03 SS11 Lardier et Valencia – Faye 2 (51,55km)
13:51 SS12 St Leger Les Melezes – La Batie Neuve 2 (17,13km)
15:48 SS13 Sisteron – Thoard (36,60km)
Parc Ferme Monaco
Sunday 24 January
09:08 SS14 Col De L’orme – St Laurent 1 (12,07km)
10:57 SS15 La Bollene Vesubie – Peira Cava (21,36km)
12:08 SS16 Col de L’orme – St Laurent 2 (PowerStage) (12,07km)
Junior WRC 2016
19-22 May, Rally Portugal (gravel)
1-3 July, Rally Poland (gravel)
28-31 July, Rally Finland (gravel)
18-21 August, Rally Germany (asphalt)
29 September – 2 October, Rally France – Corsica (asphalt)
27-30 October, Wales Rally GB (gravel)
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