Ole Christian Veiby is mentally prepared that Rally Poland will be a speed fest out of the ordinary. “Together with Rally Finland, the Polish event is the fastest WRC round. I need to pump myself up before the rally” he said.
The WRC round in Poland is the Formula 1 of rallying. The cars show an incredibly high pace on the Polish gravel roads and the organizers have had to put up chicanes in many places to decrease the speed.
“This is a really fun rally to drive. I participated for the first time last year and I’m looking forward to doing it again this year” said Ole Christian Veiby, who is accompanied by Stig Rune Skjærmoen in the co-driver’s seat. They are prepared for high speed this weekend.
“The previous WRC round was in Sardinia and that is a completely different rally. It was all about ‘driving cleanly’ through the stages and look after the car on the rough roads. You can definitely say that Sardinia and Poland are two extremes, and you need to pump yourself up for what you are going to face. Here we need to push from start” said Ole.
They had a good test on Monday, and the 21-year-old is optimistic ahead of the event. With a second place in the WRC 2 category in Sardinia and competitive speed in his body, Ole starts the rally full of confidence.
“We have found a good setup on the car that I think works and we are well prepared. Our target is to finish on the podium, although the competition is way tougher in Poland than what we had in Sardinia” said Ole.
In order to succeed in finishing among the top three, he needs to avoid incidents like last year when he lost second place in the JWRC due to a broken driveshaft – but still finished third.
“Even though we made our debut here last year, I think we did well. I really like this event. Just like Andreas Mikkelsen, I see this as one of my favorite rallies. It is the whole package that makes it what it is, everything from the atmosphere, fun stages and it is a compact and enjoyable format” said Ole.
Time schedule Rally Poland
Thursday 29 June
19:08 SS1 Super Special Stage Mikolajki Arena 1 (2,50km)
Friday 30 June
07:15 SS2 Chmielewo 1 (6,52km)
09:00 SS3 Wieliczki 1 (15,96km)
09:55 SS4 Swietajno 1 (19,60km)
10:40 SS5 Stare Juchy 1 (13,50km)
13:45 SS6 Chmielewo 2 (6,52km)
15:30 SS7 Wieliczki 2 (15,96km)
16:25 SS8 Swietajno 2 (19,60km)
17:10 SS9 Stare Juchy 2 (13,50km)
19:08 SS10 Super Special Stage Mikolajki Arena 2 (2,50km)
Saturday 1 July
08:08 SS11 Baranowo 1 (15,55km)
09:20 SS12 Pozezdrze 1 (24,98km)
10:45 SS13 Goldap 1 (14,75km)
11:35 SS14 Kruklanki 1 (19,58km)
14:08 SS15 Baranowo 2 (15,55km)
15:20 SS16 Pozezdrze 2 (24,28km)
16:45 SS17 Goldap 2 (14,75km)
17:35 SS18 Kruklanki 2 (19,58km)
19:30 SS19 Super Special Stage Mikolajki 3 (2,50km)
Sunday 2 July
08:10 SS20 Orzysz 1 (11,15km)
09:08 SS21 Paprotki 1 (18,68km)
10:45 SS22 Orzysz 2 (11,15km)
12:18 SS23 Paprotki 2 Power Stage (18,68km)
14:30 Podium Mikolajki Main Square