Even though Italian Simone Tempestini has a firm grip of the lead in the FIA Junior World Rally Championship (JWRC), Ole Christian Veiby has by no means given up on bringing home the champion title.
Rally Corsica, which is the penultimate round of the JWRC, takes place this weekend. The 20-year-old from Norway is in second place and realizes that his toughest competitor, Simone Tempestini, has quite a lead with two events remaining. 37 points separates the two top JWRC drivers.
“I have not given up on my goal to become Junior World Champion, but it does not look too good right now. However, we cannot do anything other than to do our job and see where that leaves us in the end, said Ole, who, together with co-driver Stig Rune Skjærmoen, aims for victory at Rally Corsica.
The Norwegian guys drive a Citröen DS3 R3 and are very well aware of the fact that it will be a challenging rally on the beautiful island between France and Italy in the Mediterranean.
“Corner after corner, after corner, after corner – that is what awaits us. It is not without reason that this rally is called ‘The Rally of 10 000 Corners’. And the stages are located up in the mountains with steep drops on the side of the road in some places. So this will also be pretty spectacular. But what makes the event particularly demanding, is the long stages. Half of the ten stages are over 50 km and an average stage is about 35 km. In many ways, they remind me of Rally Monte Carlo, but it is still more extreme in Corsica” said Ole.
Ole made his Corsica debut in very difficult conditions last year. This year, he hopes that the weather is a bit more on their side.
“The rain poured down during the first two days and it was terribly windy, so we were careful. But when the weather got better and it dried up, we were the fastest crew. I hope to be able to repeat that this year. Our target is to win” he said.
Time schedule Rally Corsica
Thursday 29 September
08:00 Shakedown – Sorbo Ocagnano (5,40km)
Friday 30 September
08:58 SS1 Acqua Doria – Albitreccia 1 (49,72km)
11:06 SS2 Plage du Liamone – Sarrola-Carcopiono 1 (29,12km)
14:24 SS3 Acqua Doria – Albitreccia 2 (49,72km)
16:32 SS4 Plage du Liamone – Sarrola-Carcopino 2 (29,12km)
Flexi Service Bastia Airport
Saturday 1 October
09:22 SS5 La Porta – Valle di Rostino 1 (53,72km)
11:03 SS6 Novella – Pietralba 1 (30,80km)
Service Bastia Airport
15:20 SS7 La Porta – Valle di Rostino 2 (53,72km)
17:01 SS8 Novella – Pietralba 2 (30,80km)
Flexi Service Bastia Airport
Sunday 2 October
08:58 SS9 Antisanti – Poggio de Nazza (53,78km)
12:08 SS10 Porto-Vecchio – Palombaggia PowerStage (10,42km)
14:30 Podium Porto-Vecchio Marina
Overall JWRC classification after 4 out of 6 events
1 Simone TEMPESTINI, Italy 93 points
2 Ole Christian VEIBY, Norway 56 p
3 Terry FOLB, France 48 p
4 Vincent DUBERT, France 44 p
5 Martin KOCI, Slovakia 42 p
6 Romain MARTEL, France 40 p
7 Mohamed AL MUTAWAA, United Arab Emirates 26 p
8 Juuso NORDGREN, Finland 15 p
9 Lukasz PIENIAZEK, Poland 9 p
10 Fredric HAUSWALD, France 8 p
19 – 22 May, Rally Portugal (gravel) 5th place
1 – 3 July, Rally Poland (gravel) 3rd place
28 – 31 July, Rally Finland (gravel) WINNER
18 – 21 August, Rally Germany (asphalt) 7th place
29 September – 2 October, France – Corsica (asphalt)
27 – 30 October, Wales Rally GB (gravel)
Ole Christian VEIBY – FACTS
Born: 17June 1996
Team: PRINTSPORT/ EVEN MANAGEMENT
Car: DS3 R3 MAX
Co-driver: Stig Rune Skjærmoen
First WRC start: Rally Spain 2014
Total WRC starts: 15 (including Rally Germany 2016)
2015: 2nd overall in the JWRC