Veiby switches to Hyundai i20 R5

Veiby switches to Hyundai i20 R5From Rally Ypres [ 11/06/2019 ].
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At just 23, Ole Christian Veiby is one of the most experienced young talents in the World Championship. The Norwegian is competing in WRC2 this season in a Volkswagen Polo R5, but in Ypres he will take the wheel of a Hyundai i20 R5. It is an ideal opportunity for Ole Christian to try another R5, after his duties in a Skoda Fabia R5 and a Citroën C3 R5 last year. It is also a great opportunity to apply the lessons learnt last year in Ypres and turn it into a great result in one of the most beautiful asphalt rallies in Europe.

"I really enjoyed Rally Ypres last year, it is for sure something special! It's a great atmosphere at the rally, which you need to experience, it's just incredible," says Ole Christian, who was caught out last year on the Friday night. His 21st place did not reflect his performance, as the Norwegian competed under Rally2 regulations on Saturday morning incurring penalty time. This year, he will certainly not underestimate the stages.

"Before I competed at Ypres for the first time last year, I knew it was a very tricky rally, which you need tons of experience from to perform. It's fast, and most important, stay away from the gruelling ditches. "

Ole Christian will drive a Hyundai for the occasion, while defending his chances in the World Championship with a Volkswagen Polo R5. He emphasizes that it is a one-off opportunity.

"Our main challenge this year is to win events at WRC2 with the Volkswagen Polo GTI R5, and we will do Rally Italia Sardegna this week. But when this chance to drive a Hyundai i20 Coupe R5 suddenly became an option, I had to do it. "It will be very interesting to try out the car, and it is also a pleasure to drive the amazing Ypres stages again," concludes Veiby.

The colours of Hyundai will be further defended by Dutchman Martin van Iersel and moreover by Tom Cave, the leader in the British Rally Championship.