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Wed 27 Sep 2023

Veiby aiming to make Kristoffersson ‘a bit less comfortable’

Ole Christian Veiby says the key to stopping Johan Kristoffersson’s winning run in the FIA World Rallycross Championship is to ‘knock him off the top spot in SuperPole’ – and that is precisely what the Norwegian will be bidding to do in Cape Town next weekend (7-8 October).

Ole Christian Veiby says the key to stopping Johan Kristoffersson’s winning run in the FIA World Rallycross Championship is to ‘knock him off the top spot in SuperPole’ – and that is precisely what the Norwegian will be bidding to do in Cape Town next weekend (7-8 October).


The Volkswagen Dealerteam BAUHAUS star heads to South Africa for the first time sitting fourth in the title table, 34 points adrift of the summit of the standings – a position currently occupied by five-time world champion team-mate Kristoffersson, who will arrive at Killarney International Raceway off the back of five straight victories at the international pinnacle of the sport.


Arguably even more impressive has been the Swede’s SuperPole record, with nobody else having topped the timesheets since the single-lap shoot-out – which determines the grid positions for heat one – was introduced in advance of the 2022 campaign. But his rivals – Veiby in particular – are turning up the wick.

The Kongsvinger native has pushed Kristoffersson hardest in SuperPole in every round so far this year. In the Montalegre curtain-raiser, the gap between the pair was just over half-a-second, but in Hell, it was down to only 0.109s and at Höljes, Veiby came within a scant 0.073s of stealing the top spot following a tense see-saw duel. Next time, he wants to turn the tables.


“My season didn’t start out too well,” he reflected. “Portugal and Norway were not the best weekends; we had the speed, but it didn’t work out. Sweden was better, and I feel like I’m continuing to get closer to Johan every time. I’m learning from him and pushing him more and more on-track, and sometimes I’m quicker. That’s obviously a confidence boost, proving that I do have what it takes – it’s just a case of putting it all together on a regular basis.


“That’s where he is so strong. He is so good at getting himself in the right position, and a lot of that comes down to SuperPole. If he’s fastest there, he starts heat one on pole and is then able to just keep it rolling.

“I need to put him under pressure and make him feel a bit less comfortable, and the first goal is to knock him off the top spot in SuperPole. That’s the key – to put him on the back foot at the beginning of the weekend. We’ve already got very close...”


One aspect that will be different in Cape Town is that for the first time in World RX history, all drivers will be in completely equal machinery – meaning skill behind the wheel will be more important than ever. It is a challenge Veiby is relishing.


“Even if we all have equal power in the RX1e cars due to having the same battery pack, the chassis’ are different, whereas this will be completely on a level, so it all comes down to the fastest driver and the best engineer,” the 27-year-old mused. “Plus, this way, nobody will be able to claim we have an advantage now if we win!”