Ole Christian Veiby and Stig Rune Skjærmoen finished Rally Finnskog in a strong second position. – This was a perfect warm-up ahead of Rally Sweden, Veiby said.
In perfect winter-conditions in the Norwegian forests, Ole Christian and Stig Rune started off a bit cautious, to get used to the narrow winter-tyres on their Skoda Fabia R5. But quickly they found the pace and continued with being the fastest R5 car on most of the stages, and even on the pace of Mads Østberg in a WRC-car. After 8 stages, the drove in to second overall, and fastest of the R5 cars.
– First I have to say the conditions out in the forest today have been fantastic, I don’t think I have ever competed on such perfect winter-conditions ever! We started a bit cautious on the first stage, it’s been a while since we last drove with the narrow winter-tyres, so wanted to get used them. For the rest of the stages we had the pace and I felt I could push more and more. I even managed to be faster than the WRC-car at least on one stage! We had a small spin on SS4, but other than that everything went well. It was good to get a taste of the winter-road speed, and Rally Finnskog was a perfect “test” ahead of Rally Sweden.
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