The second place from the last round in the Finnish championship has made the Norwegian rally talent aim even higher.
Two weeks ago, Ole Christian Veiby and his Skoda Fabia R5 took a strong second place at Vaakuna Ralli. Only 2,3 seconds separated him from the winner, Juha Salo. Now Veiby is looking for revenge at this weekend’s Tahko Ralli, this time with Stig Rune Skjærmoen in the co-driver’s seat. Last time Swedish Jonas Andersson temporarily filled in for him, but now he is back and fit for fight.
“We’re aiming for victory. We were so close last time so now we have to try to do better this weekend” says Veiby.
He spent his Thursday testing on typical Finnish ‘rally roads’- just like the ones we know from the Finnish WRC event – long, fast roads with plenty of gigant jumps at high speed.
“There is something special about driving on these roads. It’s important to have accurate pacenotes and at the same time figure out which corners you can attack at full speed” says Veiby.
This is his second event in the Finnish championship this winter and his main goal is to gain experience with a four-wheel-drive car. To get kilometer after kilometer of practice on classic Finnish soil is extremely valuable for a rally driver, no matter what kind of car you drive.
But even though Veiby aims for the win, it is difficult for him to measure it against the Norwegian level.
“These are roads that the Finns are skilled at handling. I think I could have beaten them by a bigger margin back home in Norway. But we need to be brave and give a few more percents than what we did last time to be able to fight for the victory. And then the risk taking slightly increases” says Veiby with a smile and adds:
“At the same time I think that the Finns got a little shocked during the last event. They have a reputation of being unbeatable on this kind of roads and didn’t expect someone from another country to be able to keep up with them.”
Tahko Ralli takes place in Kuopio, in the middle of Finland. The event starts with two stages on Friday evening and the remaining five runs on Saturday.