4 January 2015
WRC: Veiby ‘in good hands’ for debut JWRC season
Norway's Ole Christian Veiby will contest a full Junior World Rally Championship campaign with Finnish Print Sports in 2015.
Norway's Ole Christian Veiby will contest the FIA Junior World Rally Championship (JWRC) for the first time this year at the wheel of a Finnish Print Sports-run Citroën DS3 R3T.
The 18-year old from Kongsvinger has nominated Rallye Monte Carlo, Portugal, Finland, France, Spain and Wales Rally GB as his six JWRC points-scoring events and, as a pre-season test will contest this week's opening FIA European Rally Championship round – the Jännerrallye - in Austria. Veiby and co-driver Anders Jaeger will also contest their native Rally Finnskog and Rally Sweden events in February.
Veiby is part of EVEN Management, which boasts drivers Andreas Mikkelsen, who finished third in the 2014 WRC with Volkswagen Motorsport, reigning FIA European champion Esapekka Lappi and former JWRC title-winner Pontus Tidemand in its stable.
“It is no small boy's dream come true when everything is now ready to run in the JWRC,” he said, “First and foremost, this is going to be a learning year. The experiences I gain from the 2015 season should give me a good basis for further initiatives.
“Of course I want to do the best I possibly can in every rally, but this year I'm not so keen on where I finish in the results list. I am patient and have a lot to learn. I'm still very early in my career and I want to build stone by stone, without taking any shortcuts.
“I am very happy to be working with Print Sports, as it is the same team that Esapekka Lappi was with when, in 2012, he became the youngest ever Finnish Rally champion. I was with them at Rally Spain and Wales Rally GB last year, so I know I'm in the best hands with our Finnish friends on the team.
“I'm looking forward to starting the JWRC on Rallye Monte Carlo. It's not possible to get a more challenging debut. The legendary rally has everything, and it is not without reason that it is described as perhaps the hardest rally in the world.”
Having already raced in Crosskarts, the Porsche Carrera Cup Scandinavia and selected rounds of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, Veiby made his FIA World Rally Championship debut in Spain last year, before taking his Citroën to an excellent fifth in class, and 34th overall, on Wales Rally GB.
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