Athletes

  • Andreas Mikkelsen

    Andreas Mikkelsen is a true all-rounder. With his heart initially set on a career as a professional skier, he was called up for the Norwegian junior team at the age of twelve – a feat he also achieved on the motocross scene. However, a knee injury brought his promising downhill skiing career to a premature end, prompting Mikkelsen to switch to rallying when he was 16.

    He made his debut in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) in 2006, and went on to finish in the top ten at three of the eight World Championship events he entered in 2007. Fifth place at the 2008 Rally Sweden when just 17 years and 233 days old earned him a place in the rallying history books as the youngest driver ever to win a WRC point.

    In the same year, Mikkelsen worked with two-time World Rally Champion Marcus Grönholm to improve his driving style. This proved to be a successful move: after claiming first place in the 2009 Norwegian Rally Championship, Mikkelsen burst onto the international stage when he won the 2011 Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) at the wheel of a Škoda Fabia S2000. As well as successfully defending his IRC title, he also contested eight rounds of the World Championship for Volkswagen Motorsport in 2012.

    Mikkelsen joined Volkswagen Motorsport full time in 2013, contesting the full WRC for the first time in the Polo R WRC. Whilst VW’s junior star was under no pressure to push for top results, he still finished a season-best 4th on the Acropolis Rally, setting three fastest stage times – his first for Volkswagen in the WRC – along the way. He eventually finished 10th in the WRC Drivers’ standings with 50 points.

    2014 was Mikkelsen’s best WRC season to date, as he finished third in the WRC Drivers’ standings with three times as many points as in the previous year (150). He also showed he has the pace to win at WRC level, settling 20 fastest stage times. His best results were second in Sweden, Poland and France – while third in Australia and Germany and fourth in Portugal, Argentina, Italy and Finland proves that he has the skill, speed and consistency to master any type of WRC terrain.

    Mikkelsen’s first WRC win came in 2015, when he came 1st at Rally Spain. Together with co-driver Ola Fløene he finished 3rd overall in the WRC Driver’s standings with 170 points. He also racked up 9 podiums out of 13 events on the 2015 calendar. By the end of the season, co-driver Ola Fløene stepped out of the car, leaving his seat to newbie Anders Jaeger.

    In their first ever WRC event together, Anders and Andreas finished Rallye Monte-Carlo 2nd, a fantastic result considering Rallye Monte-Carlo is regarded one of the trickiest events on the calendar. Through out the year they claimed 2 wins, 2 seconds and 2 thirds – enough points to secured 3rd in the Driver’s standings for 2016. At the Rally Australia, the Norwegian duo claimed an historic win, when they secured the last victory for Volkswagen Motorsport, who will step back from the WRC at the end of the season.

  • Esapekka Lappi

    Esapekka Lappi is the 2012 Finnish Rally Champion and the youngest winner of Arctic Lapland Rally. Just a year after becoming an EVEN Management athlete, Esapekka became a professional rally driver when he signed a contract with ŠKODA Motorsport to compete in the 2013 FIA European Rally Championship. The multi-year deal also included selected rounds of the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship, as well as the opportunity to gain more FIA World Rally Championship experience.

    Esapekka became FIA European Rally Champion in 2014, after another fantastic season in the factory ŠKODA Motorsport Fabia S2000.

    In 2015 Lappi continued his successful partnership with Skoda Motorsport, and competed in the WRC2 with the brand new Skoda Fabia R5, along with the continuation of the development work with the car. He contested 8 rallies in total, took 4 podiums and together with co-driver Janne Ferm, he celebrated victory at both Rally Poland and Rally Finland.

    The Skoda Motorsport success story continued for 2016, when the Finnish duo nailed the 2016 WRC2 championship at the final round in Australia. In the Skoda Fabia R5 Lappi and Ferm wrapped up four wins (Finland, Germany, Wales and Australia) and two 3rds in the 2016 WRC2.

    For 2017, Lappi and Ferm will be found behind the wheel of a Toyota Yaris WRC with Toyota Gazoo Racing in the WRC.

  • Pontus Tidemand

    Already from early years, Pontus Tidemand has had his main goal set – to become a professional driver. With motorsport running in the family, he got his first quad at the age of two, something that he still considers one of the best gifts he has ever had.

    Between 2003 and 2007, Pontus successfully drove crosscart – he became both Nordic and Swedish champion – and did some educational rallying as well. He tried track racing in 2008 when he drove JTCC (Junior Touring Car Championship) for Team KMS. He got the best help possible within racing and quickly reached success with pole position and victory in his second race.

    In 2009, Pontus made his rally debut on senior level and did two years of Subaru Cup. The first year he finished second and following year he won. A year later, in 2011, Pontus became the youngest ever to recieve the title Swedish Rally Champion after a great championship season in a Ford Fiesta S2000. Pontus made his WRC debut in Rally Sweden 2013 and although techical difficulties stopped him from finishing the rally, he got to show off his capacity by setting impressive stage times and had a solid fourth place on the second day of the rally.

    In 2013, Pontus won the Junior World Rally Champion title.

    The 2014 rally season started well, with victory on the KNA Rally Finnskog (Škoda Fabia S2000) and Mountain Rally (Ford Fiesta RS WRC), before finishing 8th overall on Rally Sweden (Ford Fiesta RS WRC). He showed his true WRC-2 potential with victory (and 9th overall) on Rally Germany, 3rd WRC-2 (11th overall) on Rally Portugal and 4th WRC-2 (23rd overall) on Rally France.

    In 2015 Pontus Tidemand joined manufacturer Skoda Motorsport. Together with co-driver Emil Axelsson he became the Asian Pacific Rally Champion. The duo also contested selected WRC2 events with the new Skoda Fabia R5, and racked up 4 podiums including victory Rally Spain. He also became the Swedish Rally Sprint Champion. At the end of the season Emil Axelsson moved on to other challenges, and Pontus were joined by Swede Jonas Andersson in the car.

    2016 were another successful year for Pontus with Skoda Motorsport. Together with the new co-driver Jonas he racked up 4 podiums in the WRC2, including a win at Portugal. The duo also contested selected events in Skoda’s home country, Czeck Republic, picking up valuable experience and podiums with the Skoda Fabia R5.

    For 2017 Pontus and co-driver Jonas Andersson will be competing in the WRC2 with Skoda Motorsport with aim to take home the championship title.

  • Ole Christian Veiby

    Ole Christian has inherited his father Erik’s interest in motorsport and entered the world of karting at the age of 14. In his debut season, he became Norwegian Crosskart Champion in the 125 cc class and also won the IC Cup in crosskart in the same year. The following year, he moved up to the 250 cc class and rounded off the season with a bronze medal in the Norwegian Championship and yet another victory in the IC Cup.

    On reaching 16 years of age, Ole Christian set his sights on rally driving and has since focused on new goals as a rally driver. Ole Christian is a serious, humble and determined young man, who combines rally driving with his studies at Norges Toppidrettsgymnas (Norwegian College of Elite Sport). In 2013, he has also taken part in the Porsche Carrera Cup Scandinavia in order to gain as much as experience as possible driving on asphalt. In competition with more experienced Porsche drivers, he has proven his talent behind the wheel and won a place on the podium.

    Ole Christian made his FIA World Rally Championship debut on the 2014 Rally Spain, although an engine problem with his Citroën DS3 R3T forced him out. This was followed by a superb drive on Wales Rally GB, which resulted in 5th in class and 34th overall. He also contested selected events in his native Norway, with 2nd in class and 3rd overall on the Rally Hedemarken in Škoda Fabia S2000 and class victory on both the KNA Rally Finnskog and Mountain Rally in his Ford Fiesta ST.

    In 2015 young Veiby contested full season in the Junior World Rally Championship with a Citroën DS3 R3. He drove in to victory at Wales Rally GB, and finished 2nd in the overall standings. Together with co-driver Anders Jaeger, he also competed selected rallies in Europe on asphalt and snow. In addition he  competed in the EuroRX with a Volkswagen Polo RX and came 2nd O/A in the championship.

    Ole Christian kicked off the 2016-season with an incredible WRC3 win at Rallye Monte-Carlo in the DS3, and won his first JWRC rally in Finland later. Ole Christian also contested 3 events in the Finnish Rally Championship with the Skoda Fabia R5, and with 2 victories and 1 second place he wrapped up a 3rd O/A in the series. During the season, he also made his debut with a 4wheel drive in the WRC, and did 3 WRC2 events with the Skoda, all with top 6 results. He finished 4th in the JWRC, after competing 5 of 6 events.

    In 2017 Ole Christian and co-driver Stig Rune Skjærmoen was hired by Skoda Motorsport to compete in the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship. They will also do selected WRC2 events in Europe with Printsport.

  • Johan Kristoffersson

    Johan Kristoffersson was as good as destined to become something of a motorsport talent, as his father Tommy competed in rallycross and in the Swedish Touring Car Championship (STCC). This is also where Johan garnered his first experience in the junior section in 2008, before moving up to the main STCC category a year later. He was the 2011 championship runner-up in the Porsche Carrera Cup Scandinavia, and clinched his first titles a year later, winning the STCC, the Porsche Carrera Cup Scandinavia and the Superstars International Series in Italy. Johan Kristoffersson’s activities in the 2013 and 2014 seasons included the Swedish Rallycross Championship and he also won the Porsche Carrera Cup Scandinavia again in 2013.

    Johan Kristoffersson competed full season in the FIA World Rallycross in 2015, and clinched 2nd overall in championship with a Volkswagen Polo RX. He also claimed the Porsche Carrera Cup Scandinavia title, as early as 3 events before the season ended.

    With the brand new team Volkswagen RX Team Sweden, Johan competed full 2016 season in the FIA World Rallycross Championship. 3 podiums send him to the FIA prize galla in Vienna, where he could pick up the silver trophy as a proof for 2nd O/A.

    In 2017 Johan teamed up with team Petter Solberg and Volkswagen Motorsport with the aim to be champions with the Polo RX.