20-01-27 Solberg drives KODA
Motorsport-supported FABIA Rally2 evo in WRC
Oliver to drive selected WRC 3 rounds in KODA FABIA Rally2 evo
18-year-old working in co-operation with KODA Motorsport
The 2020 programme will start at Rally Sweden on February 13
Oliver: This is a fantastic opportunity and huge honour for me
Eighteen-year-old rally star Oliver Solberg will drive a KODA Motorsport-supported
KODA FABIA Rally2 evo (formerly known as KODA FABIA R5 evo before
the R5 category was renamed into Rally2 by the International Automobile Federation
FIA) on selected rounds of this years WRC3 series, starting at next
months Rally Sweden.
Oliver, who became the youngest ever winner of an FIA European Rally Championship
round last season, tested the FABIA for the first time earlier this month.
The KODA FABIA Rally2 evo will be run in cooperation with KODA
Oliver said: KODA has such an amazing history in the sport of
rallying. Look back all the time and you see them there. From before I was
born KODA has been building World Rally Cars and more recently the FABIA
R5 has been right at the front and winning in the WRC and all around the world
for so many years.
Its a fantastic honour and a really huge honour for me to drive
with the support of KODA. I went to the KODA Motorsport headquarters
in Mladá Boleslav already and, wow, what a cool place that is. It was
Oliver was equally impressed with the KODA FABIA Rally2 evo when he
got behind the wheel.
Its not so difficult to see how this car is so successful,
he said. I heard they sold already 330 FABIA rally cars around the world
and I can say I agree with the decision those customers made! Its a
great car with really nice balance, grip and power.
Before his Rally Sweden debut aboard a KODA FABIA Rally2 evo, Oliver
drove his Monster Energy-backed Volkswagen Polo Rally2 at the season-opening
Rallye Monte Carlo (January 23-26).
We still drive the Polo on some rounds, said Oliver, who made
his WRC debut at Octobers Wales Rally GB. The main thing for me
now is to try to make experience on as many WRC rounds as possible this year.
Everybody talks about how much experience you need and how important
it is I saw that for myself in Wales last year. These WRC rounds are
tougher and longer than anything me and Aaron [Johnston, co-driver] have done
before. But Ive got to tell you, this year is like a dream for me. Driving
in the world championship is all I ever wanted to do. OK being world champion
is also something Im still dreaming to, and with KODA Motorsports
support Im really on the right road.
Olivers co-driver Aaron Johnston is equally keen to get aboard the KODA
FABIA Rally2 evo.
This is such a fantastic opportunity for us. To be supported by KODA
Motorsport, who have brought along many young talents over the years, is very
special and Im so proud to be part of this experience.
Further details of Oliver and Aarons full program aboard the KODA
Motorsport-supported KODA FABIA Rally2 evo will be available soon.
20-01-26 WRC2 win for Østberg
in season opener Rallye Monte Carlo
The 88th Rallye Monte-Carlo lived up to the winter classic's reputation and
proved complex on both the sporting and technical fronts due to the week's
changeable, unpredictable weather conditions.
Mads Østberg and his co-driver Torstein Eriksen got to a perfect start
for their 2020 title chances with victory in the R5 manufacturer class, WRC2.
Mads' confidence behind the wheel of his PH Sport-run C3R5 helped him post
six stage wins, as well as the second-best RC2 time on the Power Stage, where
he took the time for a donut before the finish line to celebrate with the
Mads Østberg (1st, WRC2 / 10th overall):
"We are very pleased with our performance this week, although we were
unlucky on Friday when we dropped around 2m40s due to a damaged wheel rim.
Our car was competitive from the start and we set some great stagetimes that
led us to the WRC2 win. It was great to see an all-Citroën top five,
and all the hard work put in last year means we should be able to target other
victories this season."
20-01-26 Neuville seals revenge
win at Rallye Monte-Carlo
Belgian driver makes up for narrowly missing out in 2019. Thierry Neuville
delivered a stunning final day drive to score his first Rallye Monte-Carlo
victory on Sunday 12 months after missing out in the events closest-ever
The Belgian won all four final-leg speed tests in the mountains above Monaco
to charge from third, sealing a perfect weekend with maximum bonus points
after winning the closing Wolf Power Stage by 0.016sec.
Last year Neuville was pipped by 2.2sec by French hero Sébastien Ogier.
Revenge was sweet this time as the Hyundai i20 driver demoted Ogier and overnight
leader Elfyn Evans to win the four-day opening round of the FIA World Rally
Championship by 12.6sec.
Ogier overhauled Toyota Yaris team-mate Evans in the final speed test to finish
1.7sec ahead in second. Both drivers were making their Toyota Gazoo Racing
The target was to win this rally and take revenge and it feels good
right now, said Neuville. Its something weve been
fighting for for a very long time. Rallye Monte-Carlo is one of the most historic
events that every WRC driver wants to win at least once, and weve done
He led after Thursday nights opening leg, but could only watch as Evans
and Ogier traded the lead several times over the next two days. Neuville was
not to be beaten, however, and he ended with nine fastest times from 16 special
Ogier missed out on a seventh consecutive Monte win, but the Frenchman was
satisfied with a podium start to his Toyota career. Evans failed to find the
same pace which had taken him to the top of the standings ahead of Sundays
Esapekka Lappi finished fourth in a Ford Fiesta, securing a record-breaking
250th consecutive points finish for M-Sport Ford. The Finn was almost three
minutes adrift of Evans and more than a minute clear of Toyota debutant Kalle
Rovanperä in fifth, a career-best result for the teenager.
Both moved ahead of Sébastien Loeb, who ended sixth after sliding off
the road and dropping further time when a poor tyre choice left him driving
with badly worn rubber.
The series moves to Sweden for round two as Torsby hosts the snow and ice
encounter on February 13-16.
1. T Neuville / N Gilsoul BEL Hyundai i20 3hr 10min 57.6sec
2. S Ogier / J Ingrassia FRA Toyota Yaris +12.6sec
3. E Evans / S Martin GBR Toyota Yaris +14.3sec
4. E Lappi / J Ferm FIN Ford Fiesta +3min 09.0sec
5. K Rovanperä / J Halttunen FIN Toyota Yaris +4min 17.2sec
6. S Loeb / D Elena FRA Hyundai i20 +5min 04.7sec
FIA World Rally Championship (after round 1 of 13)
1. T Neuville 30pts
2. S Ogier 22pts
3. E Evans 17pts
20-01-26 Solberg delivers on
his Monte Carlo Rally plan
Monster Energy driver Oliver Solberg impresses on his Monte debut
18-year-old takes experience from measured approach to the season-opener
That measured approach is still good enough for some top R5 times though
Driving over the Col de Turini
now that was amazing!
For this weeks Rallye Monte-Carlo the emphasis was very much on Oliver
gaining experience of his first ever Tarmac rally and only his second ever
round of the FIA World Rally Championship (following his debut at last years
Wales Rally GB).
Taking safe tyre options throughout the event, Oliver and co-driver Aaron
Johnston took a sensible line through some of the worlds toughest stages
in ever-changing conditions to pick up knowledge and experience for the coming
Even at that safe speed, they were able to post hugely impressive times, with
a third fastest of all R5 class cars on the second run at the Cubans
Venterol test. The only incident for Oliver was when he clipped a kerb with
the left-rear of his Monster Energy-backed Volkswagen Polo R5.
The highlight of the event came for Oliver when he drove the Montes
most famous stage, the Col de Turini.
What did Oliver say?
Everything everybody told me about the Monte was true. It is so difficult
rally. So difficult!
Everything we did on this event was new. I never competed on Tarmac
before, everything we had done in the previous years had been getting ready
for gravel rallies which are the ones we will be doing most. We had
a test before this event, but when we came to these conditions it was just
Everybody said we would be on the wrong tyre for a lot of the time and
this was exactly how it was. We were on the ice tyre for a long time on Saturday
morning, doing these huge slides as the studs have no grip on the dry asphalt.
All the time I was thinking: Is this right? And then you come
to the full ice and snow and the tyre is perfect. Then you think: Yes!
This is right!
It was a real compromise of everything, but you have to come here to
learn that and if you go to the ditch on the first day then you learn nothing.
Sometimes I was maybe wanting to push a little bit harder, but I knew there
was too much at risk.
Even when I hit the kerb, I learned so much. It was literally at walking
speed. I used the handbrake to rotate the car, but on the ice it slid too
far. The wheel hit the kerb at a really low speed, but just at the wrong angle.
We broke a bolt in the suspension and had to stop and make the repair ourselves.
This doesnt matter. I always said I wasnt coming here for the
race, I was coming here to learn and I learned so much!
The problem is, I cant wait another 12 months to come back
I want to go and do it all again now.
Monster Energy moment of the rally?
Definitely driving over the Col de Turini. Like every rally fan, for
my whole life I watched cars coming over this incredible mountain road and
to be there, to drive through that atmosphere with so many fans was just unbelievable.
Ill never forget this.
Rally Sweden and Oilvers home round of the World Rally Championship.
Solberg Jr is excited every time he steps aboard a rally car, but this one
will be special for lots of reasons. Stay tuned
Competitive distance: 304.28km (189.07 miles)
Total distance: 1505.64km (935.60 miles)
Oliver Solberg in numbers:
Rallies started: 33
Rallies won: 8
WRC rounds started: 2
WRC debut: Wales Rally GB (2019)
Number of titles won: 9*
20-01-25 Elfyn Evans holds
advantage in Monte-Carlo thriller
Welshman grabs narrow lead over Toyota team-mate Ogier. Elfyn Evans finished
Saturdays penultimate leg of Rallye Monte-Carlo with a narrow lead after
a gripping see-saw battle with team-mate Sébastien Ogier in the French
The Toyota Yaris debutants swapped the lead on three occasions before Evans
ended with a 4.9sec advantage over Ogier, with Thierry Neuville hot on their
heels in his Hyundai i20.
Neuville won three of the days four speed tests and is only 1.5sec further
back, leaving this opening round of the FIA World Rally Championship poised
on a knife-edge ahead of tomorrows closing leg in the mountains above
Studded winter tyres were essential for this mornings two special stages
which contained lengthy sections of snow and ice. Overnight leader Ogier stretched
his advantage in the first, before Evans struck back to lead at the mid-leg
Rising temperatures ensured drier afternoon conditions when the two stages
were repeated. The pair were tied after the first, with Ogier ahead on a tiebreak,
before Evans fought back to snatch the lead for the third time in the rally.
The Welshman admitted he had a close escape after flirting with a ditch in
the final stage.
On the last corner of ice on the stage I decided to be a little optimistic
with the throttle and off she went. I definitely used my lucky card for the
weekend - it was a good job there was nothing in the ditch, he said.
Ogier admitted a safety-first approach cost the lead. I was a bit cautious
in the last stage and I lost too much, but the gap is still very close and
its a simple reset for tomorrow. We still have the chance to win,
Neuville was happier with the last-minute information provided by his safety
note crew, which drives the stages a couple of hours before competitors to
provide condition updates.
Were still in the fight for the win which is positive and were
pleased with the performance today. Weve had improvements in the corrections
to our ice notes and that provided us with more confidence during the day,
said the Belgian.
Sébastien Loeb was fourth in another i20, more than two minutes further
back, after swiping a bank this morning and spinning this afternoon. His errors
allowed Esapekka Lappi to close to within 14.1sec in his Ford Fiesta.
Kalle Rovanperä was an untroubled sixth in another Yaris, ahead of Takamoto
spun this morning. WRC 3 leader Eric Camilli was eighth, ahead of WRC 2 frontrunner
Mads Østberg and Nicolas Ciamin.
Sundays finale is based in the Alpes-Maritimes mountains above Monaco.
It features two passes of two stages, covering 63.54km, and includes the legendary
crossing of the Col Turini. The afternoon finish takes place against the backdrop
of Monacos famous harbour.
Leading positions after Saturday
1. E Evans / S Martin GBR Toyota Yaris 2hr 28min 35.1sec
2. S Ogier / J Ingrassia FRAToyota Yaris +4.9sec
3. T Neuville / N Gilsoul BEL Hyundai i20 +6.4sec
4. S Loeb / D Elena FRA Hyundai i20 +2min 24.3sec
5. E Lappi / J Ferm FIN Ford Fiesta +2min 38.4sec
20-01-25 Ogier snatches Monte-Carlo
lead as champion Tänak crashes badly
Estonian has lucky escape as French legend excels in Toyota debut. Rallye
Monte-Carlo master Sébastien Ogier moved into position for a seventh
consecutive victory after snatching a slender lead in the 2020 FIA World Rally
Championships season-opener on Friday night.
The Frenchman, making his Toyota Yaris debut, ended the first full days
competition with a 1.2sec advantage over Elfyn Evans after demoting his team-mate
in the final kilometres. Thierry Neuville was hot on their heels, a further
The main talking point was a massive crash for world champion Ott Tänak
on his first drive in a Hyundai i20.
The Estonians car flew off the road after a compression in this mornings
Saint-Clément Freissinières speed test. The car rolled
multiple times before coming to rest on a road more than 100 metres down the
Tänak and co-driver Martin Järveoja climbed out of the badly-damaged
car on their own before being taken to hospital, where they will remain overnight
"Our priority in such situations is always the condition of the crew
first and foremost," said Hyundai Motorsport team principal Andrea Adamo.
"It is customary after such incidents for hospital check-ups, the results
of which were clear."
The Toyota duo dominated the day. Evans, also making his Yaris debut, won
all three morning tests, where icy patches were a constant hazard, to relegate
overnight leader Neuville and open a 3.3sec margin over Ogier.
Ogier turned the tables this afternoon. On drier roads, he won two stages
to edge ahead.
"This morning I was a little bit cautious and was also having cautious
information from my gravel crew," he said. "This afternoon we made
some changes to the set-up and had a talk with our gravel crew and we were
feeling more comfortable."
Evans admitted to a wary approach this afternoon as mud was dragged onto the
road by the cars ahead.
Neuville won the final stage, but was frustrated to drop down the order. He
was forced to call-up non competing team-mate Dani Sordo to drive his safety
note car after regular pilot Bruno Thiry fell ill.
Sébastien Loeb was a lonely fourth in another i20. The nine-time world
champion was 47.5sec adrift of Neuville and 48.3sec clear of Esapekka Lappi,
who struggled with his Fiesta on his M-Sport Ford debut. The Finn also lost
time after sliding into a field.
Saturday brings two loops of two well-known tests near Gap, totalling 75.20km.
Teams then have their final chance to work on their cars before competitors
make the long journey south to Monaco for the final overnight halt.
Leading positions after Friday
1. S Ogier / J Ingrassia FRA Toyota Yaris 1hr 43min 31.5sec
2. E Evans / S Martin GBR Toyota Yaris +1.2sec
3. T Neuville / N Gilsoul BEL Hyundai i20 +6.4sec
4. S Loeb / D Elena FRA Hyundai i20 +1min 06.9sec
5. E Lappi / J Ferm FIN Ford Fiesta +1min 57.2sec
6. K Rovanperä / J Halttunen FIN Toyota Yaris +2min 19.2sec
20-01-24 Thierry Neuville fires
early warning to lead Rallye Monte-Carlo
Belgian rockets into the lead ahead of Ogier and Tänak at season opener.
A sensational time through Thursday nights second speed test rocketed
Thierry Neuville into the lead of Rallye Monte-Carlo after the opening loop
of stages in the French Alps.
The Hyundai i20 driver headed Sébastien Ogiers Toyota Yaris by
19.1sec when the cars returned to service in Gap after the brace of night
time alpine tests.
Seven-time Monte winner Ogier led after the opener, but not even the Frenchman
could contain his rivals speed through the 25.49km Bayons - Bréziers
stage which followed.
Since the recce, all eyes had been on that second stage, with reports of plenty
of ice remaining from last weekends snowfall. Universally, the drivers
talked of the risk and reward of a big attack and it was the Belgian who was
He was rewarded with an astonishing time that was 25.5sec faster than anybody
else. Neuville was calm and collected at the finish, saying: They were
tricky conditions. I was trying to read the road as well as I could and not
take risks. I think we have done a good time.
Like Ogier and his world champion team-mate Ott Tänak, Neuville opted
for a mixture of soft and super soft Michelin tyres, shunning the studded
option. Leading after the opening stage, a test Ogier described as one
of the easiest of the weekend courtesy of bone dry conditions, was the
perfect start to his season as a Toyota driver.
Tänak was wide-eyed at the end of SS2, admitting: Im happy
to be alive! That was more of a challenge than I expected.
The Estonian is just three-tenths of a second ahead of Toyota Yaris newcomer
Elfyn Evans. The Welshman was the fastest of the drivers to take a studded
option in the second stage.
The tyres helped us in some places, he said, but they hampered
us a lot as well.
Evans mood was lifted by news that he was 25.6sec ahead of the Rallye
Monte-Carlos joint most successful driver, seven-time winner Sébastien
Loeb in an i20. Loeb admitted the road was getting dirty in stage one, with
plenty of leaves making the line more slippery.
Those leaves caused major issues for M-Sport Fords Fiestas. The discarded
foliage gathered in the radiators and air intakes, choking the engine of air
and sending temperatures soaring on all three works cars of Esapekka Lappi,
Teemu Suninen and Gus Greensmith.
Worse was to come when Suninen retired with a transmission problem in the
Friday brings the most intense leg with more than a third of the events
total competitive distance tackled in three repeated tests south-east and
east of the town. They add up to 122.58km.
Positions after leg 1:
1. T Neuville / N Gilsoul BEL Hyundai i20 26min 23.5sec
2. S Ogier / J Ingrassia FRA Toyota Yaris +19.1sec
3. O Tänak / M Jarveoja EST Hyundai i20 +25.1sec
4. E Evans / S Martin Toyota Yaris 26m +25.4sec
5. S Loeb / D Elena FRA Hyundai i20 +51.0sec
6. E Lappi / J Ferm FIN Ford Fiesta +1min 07.8sec
20-01-21 INTERVIEW: "We
will fight hard to win" - Ogier excited for Toyota drive
Frenchman opens up on Toyota switch and hopes of winning the WRC title back.
Sébastien Ogier's incredible run of six FIA World Rally Championship
titles came to an end last season when Estonian Ott Tänak claimed a maiden
triumph, however the Frenchman believes he can win a seventh after his switch
from Citroën to Toyota to cap a fine WRC career.
The Japanese team has a rich history in rally driving with 2020 Dakar Rally
champion Carlos Sainz, Finnish great Juha Kankkunen and Frenchman Didier Auriol
all winning titles driving the Celica, while they also have four constructors'
After testing the latest Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT contender, the 36-year-old
explained what he feels the Yaris car can produce from Monte Carlo onwards
this week as he looks to win the title with a third different constructor
before he finishes his WRC career.
Here is what the Gap native had to say:
Toyota has a rich WRC history with iconic cars and drivers, so what is it
like to be part of that story?
It's definitely something special to be competing for Toyota with what they
have achieved in the past and, of course, Juha. Toyota is such an iconic brand
and we definitely hope to write some history together. On top of that, it's
even more special for me personally because when I first started following
rally I was rooting for Tommi (team principal Mäkinen) so it's actually
a dream come true to be able to work with him now.
What are your first impressions of the Yaris WRC?
The car feels really good. We just had our last test before the season starts
and I have a good feeling heading into the first event. Obviously, we don't
know where we are compared to the other teams before the first couple of stages
at Rally Monte Carlo but Im confident.
It has been a while since you started the year without the championship, so
how have you prepared mentally for 2020?
To be honest, I've been preparing in the same way as before. Nothing has changed
really, but we will obviously fight hard to win the championship back.
Have you and Julien (navigator Ingrassia) changed your approach for this season?
As I say, nothing has changed for us. We are still the same as before and,
if anything, the fact that we didn't win last year has just given us even
more hunger to succeed.
What is it like being reunited with Elfyn Evans as a team-mate?
I know Elfyn from my time at M-Sport and I'm very happy to have him in the
team. He is a really good driver and can give a lot of feedback to the team
about the car and therefore push the development as well.
20-01-17 Oliver looks to load
the odds in his favour in Monte Carlo
Oliver starts his World Rally Championship with a classic, the
18-year-old cant wait to take on the mountains in worlds most
Exciting year ahead for Monster Energys history-making youngster
Experience is everything for the family-run team in a Volkswagen Polo R5
Rallye Monte-Carlo is the oldest rally in the world. Naturally, things have
changed a fair bit since it ran for the first time in 1911, but the concepts
still pretty similar: its about a bunch of cars driving through the
French Alps, trying to work out whos fastest.
Monster Energy-backed 18-year-old Oliver Solberg is taking to the hills high
above the French Riviera for the first time next week.
Starting from Monacos world-famous Casino Square on Thursday (January
23) afternoon, the crews waste no time in getting to some of the seasons
most complicated and challenging stages. The itinerary dictates the photographs
and adulation of the principality will be followed by the 17.47-kilometre
test from Malijal to Puimichel.
Two nighttime stages take Oliver and his co-driver Aaron Johnston back north
to the service park in Gap, where the next two days are based. After Friday
and Saturday in the Hautes-Alpes, its another trip south to the harbourside
in Monte Carlo. Sundays final day comprises two stages run twice, one
of which is arguably the most famous test in the history of the series. The
road from La Bolléne-Vésubie to Piera Cava might not be instantly
recogniseable, but the name of the mountain pass over which that road passes
mostly certainly is. Its the Col de Turini.
The switchback Alpine stages are just part of the challenge of Rallye Monte-Carlo.
The other part comes in the shape of ever-changing weather and meteorological
microclimates which deliver widely differing grip levels from one corner to
Driving a Volkswagen Polo R5 run by his familys team, Oliver will experience
dry and wet asphalt, ice, snow, slush and just about everything in between
this week. And, whats more, because of the compromised tyre choice,
he can just about guarantee hell be on the wrong tyre much of the time.
Get through and an appointment with Prince Albert II awaits you outside his
Palace on a Sunday afternoon. Get through faster than anybody else and you
become a member of an exclusive and distinguished band of motorsport heroes.
You become a Monte Carlo winner.
Rallye Monte-Carlos waiting. How do you feel?
OS: Its so exciting. I know I have been excited a lot by things in the
last 12 months competing in a Subaru in the same colours as my father
in America, making my debut in the WRC with him in Wales, becoming the youngest
driver ever to win a round of the FIA European Rally Championship but
this is reallyspecial. Its Monte Carlo!
How much do you know about the event?
OS: I know its tough. One of the toughest. My Dad has told me a lot
of stories about how difficult the rally will be. Because of the way rallies
run, we have to choose our tyres for a loop of stages really early. Really
early in the morning, well be deciding on the tyres were still
going to be using at lunchtime you have to try to understand what the
weathers going to do.
Its a gamble?
OS: Its a big gamble starting in the casino!
How was your test?
OS: Good. We drove near to Sisteron, where we were able to find some snow
and ice. Its so important to test in a place like this; its really
important for me to get the feeling of what the cars going to be doing
when its on the wrong tyres. In a test like this, its a lot about
preparing for the worst kind of situation. We did that.
Whats the key to Rallye Monte-Carlo?
OS: Youre asking me? Honestly, I dont know for myself. I will
find out next week. I think the biggest thing is to be comfortable in the
car and to be able to find confidence. If you have those two things then you
can deal a little bit more easily with whats coming. If you go to this
rally with a racing car set-up, ready to push hard then its easy to
have some trouble.
Whats your approach?
OS: To take experience. This rally is so specific we get one chance
each season to come to Rallye Monte-Carlo and to build up some ideas and some
knowledge of what the roads can be like and how the pacenotes work. This is
the priority for me. Im really not so worried about the times or the
speed or anything like that, I just want to get to the end of the stages and
keep building my experience.
Youre not competing in WRC 2 or WRC 3 in Monte Carlo, whats the
reason for that?
OS: I know this rally is going to be complicated. I never did anything like
this before. Even if the roads are all dry, I still have done virtually nothing
really on Tarmac. OK, we have some snow at home, but we have nothing like
the Monte stages. For this time, I dont want any pressure or anything,
I want to go to this rally, enjoy it and make the experience.
Finally, you lived in Monaco for a while do you remember much about
OS: I do. It was a really cool place to live and the sun was always shining.
The only problem with Monaco is that there wasnt really enough space.
When we moved back to the farm in Sweden, I could get out and about on the
quadbikes and snowmobiles there wasnt much chance of doing that
in Casino Square!
Competitive distance: 304.28km (189.07 miles)
Total distance: 1505.64km (935.60 miles)
Oliver Solberg in numbers:
Rallies started: 32
Rallies won: 8
WRC rounds started: 1
WRC debut: Wales Rally GB (2019)
Number of titles won: 9*
Want to know more?
Check the Words PR archive for chapter, verse and pictures of Olivers
career to date.
Make a date
Oliver will be available in the service park, Gap on Wednesday January 22
(2045-2100) for any questions.
*Olivers first championship was the Norwegian Crosskart title in 2012,
aged 11. He defended that win successfully and added a hat-trick of Nordic
Crosskart crowns in 2014, 15 and 16. Two years later hed switched to
cars and harnessed the 600bhp on offer from a DS 3 Supercar to be crowned
RallyX Nordic champ. The success kept on coming as he progressed into rallying
with a hat-trick of titles (Latvian Rally champion, Baltic Rally Trophy and
an Estonian class title) aboard the Volkswagen Polo R5 last season.
20-01-14 Ole Christian Veiby
skal kjøre for Hyundai Motorsport i 2020
Ole Christian Veiby har fått fabrikks-kontrakt med Hyundai Motorsport
og skal konkurrere i WRC2-klassen i en Hyundai i20 R5 i 2020. Jeg er
ganske stolt over at Hyundai Motorsport, som ble verdensmestere i rally i
2019, velger å satse på meg for neste år, sier Ole Christian.
Kongsvinger-gutten, som er regjerende norgesmester i rally, skal kjøre
en Hyundai i20 R5 20 med kartleser Jonas Andersson på minst 8
VM-runder i 2020. Team-kollega blir Nikolay Gryazin. R5-satsingen til Hyundai
Motorsport vil driftes av RedGrey Team fra Estland i nært samarbeid
med Hyundai Motorsport og de vil konkurrere for Hyundai Motorsport N, i WRC2-klassen,
som er det nye navnet på WRC2pro-klassen. Det som tidligere var WRC2-klassen,
har nå byttet navn til WRC3.
Ole Christian Veiby sier:
«Det er en ubeskrivelig god følelse, og jeg gleder meg til å
kjøre for Hyundai Motorsport neste år. Jeg er ganske sikker på
at vi kommer til å bli ett sterkt team. Jeg håper også at
erfaringen jeg har fra andre R5-biler kommer godt med i videreutvikling av
bilen. Jeg har jo fått konkurrert med i20en ved ett par anledninger
allerede, så jeg føler jeg kan sette ett hårete mål
for sesongen, det er vel bare totalseier som gjelder!»
23-åringen har i 2019 sesongen konkurrert både i Rally-VM og Rally-NM,
og kan skilte med en imponerende tredjeplass fra det legendariske Rallye Monte
Carlo og seier i Sverige. Han vant også 4 av 5 kjørte NM-runder
og ble dermed årets norgesmester i Rally.
Roy Snellingen, sportssjef i EVEN management sier:
«Vi i EVEN management er meget godt fornøyd med at Ole Christian
og Jonas får denne muligheten i et knalltøft førermarked.
Vi har med dette en solid sportslig pakke med mye kjøring som må
til for å utvikle gutta ytterligere. Vi er allerede godt i gang med
å planlegge neste sesong og det gjelder nå og utnytte erfaringen
gutta har, maksimere alle nye muligheter og jobbe systematisk hard med et
Første løp på agendaen er klassikeren Rallye Monte-Carlo
som kjøres på snø og is i de franske alpene 23
26 januar 2020. Her er både Ole Christian Veiby og Mads Østberg
påmeldt i WRC2-klassen, og vi finner også Oliver Solberg på
start-listen i en R5-bil.