Dream victory for Veiby in WRC Poland
3 Jul 2017 - Team Release

Current APRC points leader Ole Christian Veiby exceeded his wildest expectations when he hit the jackpot and won the WRC2 class at Rally Poland. "This is incredibly huge. Now I'm proud" he said.

Ahead of the event, Ole Christian Veiby stated that the WRC round in Poland is his favorite. He predicted that it would be a speed fest and the Norwegian definitely got into the atmosphere. The youngster, who turned 21 just 15 days ago, was the big surprise of the weekend when he and his co-driver Stig Rune Skjærmoen beat all competitors and secured their first win in the WRC2.

"I'm almost out of words. I was absolutely not expecting to come to Poland and beat Pontus (Tidemand). This is incredibly fun" he said with a big smile. To put the performance in perspective, Rally Poland was just his seventh start in the WRC2 and the 22nd WRC event in his career. He had participated in Poland only once before; last year he finished third in the JWRC in a front-wheel drive car. That is something completely different than the four-wheel drive Skoda that he drives now.

"I am exceptionally proud. By winning a WRC2 event for the first time, I've hit a new milestone. The thought of that feels so good" he stated. After being third on the short opening stage on Thursday evening, Ole started his Friday by winning the first stage. He also took the overall lead. After that, Ole never looked back - even though he were in an exciting duel with Pontus Tidemand for a good while.

"It was really cool to have Pontus chasing me. We pushed each other all the way, but I managed to take a few tenths and seconds here and there until I slowly extended my lead. Suddenly I had an advantage of 17 seconds. Going into some stages I decided to take a chance and really push. We knew that we had to be at it to keep Pontus behind us. On some of the stages it was flat out. I've never driven that fast before" said a very pleased Ole Christian Veiby, who was afraid that a puncture would destroy his chances of winning.

"I feared that the victory would slip away from me when I got a rear right puncture on SS17. I pushed like crazy to not lose too much time. It was a really close call in a few left hand corners so maybe we were a bit lucky. I felt a little low when we reached the finish, but as it turned out, Pontus had also had a puncture on the same stage. He lost more time than we did and with a minute's lead, we knew we had a good grip of the win" he explained.

After being fastest on half of the 18 first stages, it was all about maintaining the lead on today's four stages. "I think we managed to keep calm and focused. Even though we just needed to get to the finish, I can guarantee that it is not easy in those conditions. That's why I didn't take anything for granted until we crossed the finish line on the last stage. It was an indescribable feeling" he said.

Eventually it was 32 seconds down to Pontus Tidemand, who secured second place. "The whole weekend has been a dream. The car has been working perfectly. We have barely made any adjustments and the pacenotes have been very good. All in all everything has been perfect" said Ole.

Ole Christian VEIBY - FACTS
Born: 17 June 1996
Team: Skoda Motorsport/ Even Management
Car: Skoda Fabia R5
Co-driver: Stig Rune Skjærmoen

First WRC start: Rally Spain 2014 Total WRC starts: 22 (including Rally Poland 2017)
2015: 2nd place JWRC
2016: Winner WRC3 Rallye Monte-Carlo, winner JWRC Rally Finland
2017: Asia-Pacific Rally Championship with Skoda Motorsport: 2nd in New Zealand, 1st in Australia, WRC2 winner at Rally Poland WRC 2017  

Rallye Monte-Carlo 19.01.– 22.01.2017 Did not participate
Rally Sweden 09.02.–12.02.2017 3rd place WRC2
Rally Mexico 09.03.–12.03.2017 Did not participate
Rallye de France - Corsica 06.04.–09.04.2017 5th place WRC2
Rally Argentina 27.04.–30.04.2017 Did not participate
Rally Portugal 18.05.–21.05.2017 Did not participate
Rally Italia - Sardegna 08.06.–11.06.2017 2nd place WRC2
Rally Poland 29.06.–02.07.2017 1st place WRC2
Rally Finland 27.07.–30.07.2017
Rallye Deutschland 17.08.–20.08.2017
Rally Spain 05.10.–08.10.2017
Wales Rally GB 26.10.–29.10.2017
Rally Australia 16.11.–19.11.2017

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