2012 - 2013
In 2012, he stepped up to the 250cc class and enjoyed yet more success, ended the season with a bronze medal in the Norwegian Championship and another victory in the IC Cup. Having turned 16 years old, Ole Christian turned to rally driving and in September 2012, he took part in his first rally, the Rally Hedemarken in Norway.
In 2013, he entered the Norwegian Rally Championship for the first time, driving a two-wheel-drive car alongside co-driver Stig Rune Skjærmoen. They enjoyed a successful campaign, securing five wins in the junior class. Ole Christian also took part in the Porsche Carrera Cup Scandinavia in his determination to gain experience driving on asphalt. He claimed two podiums and ended up seventh overall as well as being crowned Rookie of the Year.
Ole Christian Veiby at rallies
THE FIRST TOUCH WITH ŠKODA
He again began the 2014 season in a 2WD car alongside Skjærmoen claiming two more wins at junior class before in September switching to a 4WD car for the first time. His co-driver for these events was Anders Jæger and their first rally together was in a ŠKODA FABIA S2000 at the Rally Hedemarken again. Together, they finished third overall to secure Ole Christian’s first overall podium finish in the Norwegian Rally Championship.
Veiby also made his debut in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) that year (in a different car) retiring from his first event at the Rally Catalunya before finishing fifth in class at the Wales Rally GB. Ole Christian also finished fifth in that season’s Swedish Rallycross Championship.
In 2015, Ole Christian’s focus turned to the Junior World Rally Championship (JWRC). Alongside Jæger again, he secured some impressive results, winning the Wales Rally GB and claiming two more podium places at the Rallye Monte Carlo and Rally Finland. He managed to finish every round of the season and was always inside the top 7, ending up second in the JWRC final classification.
He took part in the European Rallycross Championship (EuroRX) in 2015 too and finished third in the final overall standings. Ole Christian also drove selected rounds of the World Rallycross Championship (WorldRX), the highlight of which was a ninth place in Sweden.
DRIVING ŠKODA FABIA R5
Before the 2016 season, Ole Christian’s co-driver Anders Jæger moved on to work with Andreas Mikkelsen, so he was once again reunited with Stig Rune Skjærmoen. They drove the JWRC once again, taking a win at the Rally Finland and finishing third at the Rally Poland before finishing the season fourth in the final classification, despite only competing in five of the six possible events.
2016 was also the year Ole Christian started to drive a new ŠKODA FABIA R5. Competing for the Printsport team, he clinched his first overall win in March at the Tahko Ralli in Finland and quickly added a second victory at the Enset Oy Ralli in June. Added to an earlier second place at the Vaakuna Ralli, Ole Christian ended the season third in the final standings of the SM1 class in the Finnish Rally Championship, despite only driving three rounds.
He also drove his first three rallies in the WRC2 Championship in a FABIA R5. These were the Rally Sweden, Rally Catalunya and Wales Rally GB, and he finished every rally inside the top 6 of the WRC2 standings.
2017 - 2018
TOGETHER WITH ŠKODA MOTORSPORT TEAM
2017 saw a closer cooperation develop between Ole Christian and the ŠKODA Motorsport team. He was chosen to drive for the factory-supported ŠKODA MRF team in the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) in a FABIA R5. He competed in five events, taking two victories in Australia and Malaysia as well as three more podium places on the way to second in the overall classification after a thrilling battle for the title in the final event.
It was also the year when Veiby and Skjærmoen also claimed their first victory in the Norwegian Rally Championship. That again came in a FABIA R5 at the Numedalsrally and there were also five more podium finishes en-route to another runners-up spot in the final championship standings.
And there were more WRC2 events too, with the highlight undoubtedly being victory in the WRC2 standings at the Rally Poland. There were also two more podiums and the season ended with Ole Christian making a debut drive for the ŠKODA Motorsport team at the Wales Rally GB.
In 2018 Ole Christian has been driving as a works driver in the WRC2 for ŠKODA Motorsport.