Ace Veiby scores his first Finnish victory
Nineteen-year-old Norwegian Ole Christian Veiby’s impressive start to the season continued with his maiden Finnish Rally Championship win last Saturday.
Driving a Skoda Fabia R5, Veiby beat Jarkko Nikara’s Mitsubishi Lancer to victory on the Tahko SM Rally by 6.1 seconds.
Veiby finished second on the previous Finnish round, in the top six on his WRC2 debut in Sweden and won WRC3 in Monte Carlo.
Based in Kuopio, north-east of Rally Finland’s Jyvaskyla base, Veiby conquered tricky conditions when the ice and snow melted on the stages.
“This has been the most difficult rally that I’ve ever driven on snow,” said Veiby at the finish. “The rear wheels were all over the place, but the most important was to make the front wheels stay in the line. It was almost worse than aquaplaning to drive outside of the lines.”
Veiby was recently named as a member of Junior Team Norway, his country’s national motorsport team.
His next WRC outing is May’s Rally of Portugal.