As a manufacturer driver for Skoda Motorsport, Ole Christian Veiby will fight for important points in the WRC2 class at Rally Sweden. The 21-year-old also wants to fight for the victory.
In 2017 Ole Christian Veiby competed at Rally Sweden as a private entrant and secured his first ever WRC2 podium when he came third. This year he is a manufacturer driver with Skoda Motorsport, and teamed up with his EVEN management colleague Pontus Tidemand, everything is in place for him to fight for another podium.
– We have taken many big steps since last year, and I believe we now are able to fight in the lead, and maybe also the victory. Pontus got a little bit more experience than me for this event and he won here last year, but I did go faster than him on a few stages. Nothing is impossible, says Ole Christian.
He has prepared well ahead of the Swedish adventure together with co-driver Stig Rune Skjærmoen. The competed at Rally Finnskog last weekend and were the fastest R5 car.
– Competing at Rally Finnskog was a good way to get a taste of the speed on the winter roads. We are not going flat out from the first meter, though, as a part of Skoda Motorsport there will be a different approach this year, we also need to think about the championship and to get the experience. Our plan will be to find a good rhythm and a pace we are comfortable with, Ole says. This will be the 4th time he is competing in Sweden, and with conditions he has never experience before.
– In 2016 there were hardly any snow, while it was some in 2015 and last year. This year however, the conditions are perfect, I have never ever seen the stages with so much snow. It will be amazing!
The start of the Hof-Finnskog stage is a stage the young Norwegian are especially looking forward to. Part of the stage runs through the family-owned forest, and it was on this road he first drove a rally-car.
– The start of the stage is a road we have used for testing earlier, and it was actually there I first time tried out a rally-car. The atmosphere on the stages, and especially on the Norwegian side, is just awesome. All the people, flags and fire’s kind of blew me away, when I did my first Rally Sweden. You never see anything like it anywhere else.
The legend Colin McRae have a crest named after him at the Vargåsen stage, but at the Svullrya stage you can find Veiby’s crest, named after his spectacular 46 meter jump last year.
– I’m really honored to have a jump named after me! Maybe I have to give it an extra push to make sure I keep the record and the name for the jump.