Ace Veiby scores his first Fin­nish vic­tory

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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.

Veiby flew in WRC Rally Swe­den

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