Ole Christian Veiby surprised with strong third place in the WRC 2 class at Rally Sweden. This weekend he participates at Rally Corsica and gets to measure up against, among others, Andreas Mikkelsen.
The third place in the WRC 2 category at the Swedish WRC round was a breakthrough for Ole Christian Veiby. The 20-year-old Norwegian did not go through the event unnoticed – he impressed greatly with his drive.
“Our performance in Sweden gave me a solid dose of confidence. But now it’s all about Rally Corsica and it’s going to be an exciting rally. Andreas Mikkelsen competes in the same class and to measure up against him will be a good benchmark on where I stand” said Ole with a smile. The two of them are team-mates in Even Management and have been testing a bit together. But they have never competed against each other in the same kind of car – this time a Skoda Fabia R5.
Ole and his co-driver Stig Rune Skjærmoen are already familiar with the event. 95 percent of the stages are the same as last year, something that is an advantage for the Norwegian guys.
“I feel like we know this rally pretty well. It is very demanding and is especially known for its many corners” said Ole.
Rally Corsica is actually called the rally of 10.000 corners, which means that the pacenotes are particularly important here.
“In addition, there are long stages. I definitely don’t want to lose the power steering at this event, to put it that way” explained Ole. The rally consists of 10 special stages and the longest one is over 50 kilometers.
Although Ole is familiar with the rally, this is the first time that he competes on the Mediterranean island with a four-wheel-drive car.
“I have very little experience with the Skoda Fabia R5 on asphalt and because of that, this is an important event for us in order to gain experience. We have completed a two days’ test and I feel like we are well prepared. For us, it’s mainly about getting to the finish. Rally Corsica is not a rally where you can just go flatout from start if you want to reach the finish line” said the young rally talent.
Thursday 6 April
08:00 Shakedown (5,40km)
Friday 7 April
09:22 SS1 Pietrosella – Albitreccia 1 (31,20km)
11:14 SS2 Plage du Liamone – Sarrola-Carcopino 1 (29,12km)
13:39 TyreFittingzone Porticcio
14:11 SS3 Pietrosella – Albitreccia 2 (31,20km)
16:03 SS4 Plage du Liamone – Sarrola-Carcopino 2 (29,12km)
20:30 FlexiService Bastia Airport
Saturday 8 April
08:40 SS5 La Porta – Valle di Rostino 1 (48,71km)
10:17 SS6 Novella 1 (17,27km)
13:03 Service Bastia Airport
14:28 SS7 La Porta – Valle di Rostino 2 (48,71km)
16:08 SS8 Novella 2 (17,27km)
18:58 FlexiService Bastia Airport
Sunday 9 April
08:58 SS9 Antisanti – Poggio di Nazza (53,78km)
11:45 TyreFittingZone Porto-Vecchio
12:18 SS10 Porto-Vecchio – Palombaggia Power Stage (10,42km)
13:30 Podium Ceremony Porto-Vecchio La Marina