Ole Christian Veiby finishes his rally season by doing the WRC round in Wales. “I really want to show off in a good way” said the youngster.
The Norwegian rally talent has got the opportunity to drive a Skoda Fabia R5 and is really looking forward to Wales Rally GB – an event that he has great memories from. Last year he won the JWRC class and also secured second place in the Junior World Rally Championship. Now he has moved up to the WRC category, which is the second highest level in the world championship.
“I wouldn’t mind repeating last year’s victory, but I’m going to be realistic and say that it probably won’t happen. I’m competing against drivers who have far more experience than what I have. My plan is to get to the finish to gain experience from the rally and the car. But we will most likely choose a few stages that we are confident with and push a little extra in order to set some good stage times” said Ole.
He and co-driver Stig Rune Skjærmoen drove the same car at the WRC round in Spain recently. They proved great pace on the gravel roads – and Ole predicts that the conditions in Wales are much like the ones in Spain.
“It rained terribly in Spain and the roads became very muddy and slippery. Wales is known for those kinds of conditions and Scandinavians are usually good at mastering them. And I admit that I have a little extra confidence after the win last year” said Ole, who has conducted a 100 km test on Welsh roads before the event. There they found a good setup of the car.
“On Saturday, there are no service break or tyre change, so we have to drive on the same tyres all day. But given that we expect muddy roads, it won’t be that rough on them. But if it is drier than expected, tyre choice and strategy will be important” said the 20-year-old, who participate at Wales Rally GB for the third time.
“This is a rally that I like very much. The stages are incredibly fun to drive. At the same time it can also be a difficult event, so we have to remember to stay in focus to not make any mistakes. Since this is the last rally of the season, it would taste extra sweet with a great finish” said Ole.
Time schedule Wales Rally GB 2016
Thursday 27 October
08:00 Shakedown Stage – Clocaenog (3,32km)
18:30 Ceremonial Start – Parc Eirias, Colwyn Bay
Friday 28 October
08:20 SS1 Myherin 1 (31,82km)
09:11 SS2 Sweet Lamb 1 (4,24km)
09:24 SS3 Hafren 1 (35,14km)
11:15 SS4 Dyfnant 1 (17,91km)
12:55 Tyre Fitting Zone Newtown
13:54 SS5 Myherin 2 (31,82km)
14:45 SS6 Sweet Lamb 2 (4,24km)
14:58 SS7 Hafren 2 (35,14km)
16:49 SS8 Dyfnant 2 (17,91km)
19:55 Flexi Service Deeside
Saturday 29 October
08:18 SS9 Pantperthog 1 (9,64km)
08:51 SS10 Dyfi 1 (21,12km)
09:27 SS11 Gartheiniog 1 (11,34km)
11:04 SS12 Pantperthog 2 (9,64km)
11:37 SS13 Dyfi 2 (21,12km)
12:13 SS14 Gartheinog 2 (11,34km)
13:18 SS15 Aberhirnant (13,91km)
15:41 SS16 Cholmondeley Castle (1,80km)
16:43 Flexi Service Deeside
Sunday 30 October
08:31 SS17 Clocaenog 1 (7,70km)
09:08 SS18 Brenig 1 (7,93km)
09:28 SS19 Alwen 1 (10,41km)
10:33 SS20 Clocaenog 2 (7,70km)
11:14 SS21 Alwen 2 (10,41km)
12:08 SS22 Brenig 2 Power Stage (7,93km)
13:26 Finish Llandudno
Ole Christian VEIBY – FACTS
Born: 17June 1996
Team: PRINTSPORT/ EVEN MANAGEMENT
Car: Skoda Fabia R5
Co-driver: Stig Rune Skjærmoen
First WRC start: Rally Spain 2014
Total WRC starts: 18 (including Rally Spain 2016)
2015: 2nd overall in the JWRC