There will be no WRC2 start for Ole-Christian Veiby and Jonas Andersson in Rally de Portugal this weekend at round four of the 2021 FIA World Rally Championship. The reconnaissance and the shakedown have been completed for the pair but now they have been forced to stop from the remainder of the rally as Veiby been tested positive for COVID-19.
“I have tested positive for Covid-19, and with local rules I am now in quarantine. Jonas has also undergone tests but received a negative answer, [Jonas] has still chosen to isolate himself,” Veiby said in his statement.
“There were no problems with Monday’s test, today we were tested again according to the country’s rules and there was a positive answer. I have no symptoms at all and feel good. Of course disappointed not to be allowed to start and for the team that prepared everything.”
Veiby and Andersson are now the third crew in the WRC2 class to be forced to pull out from the rally after positive test results, Andreas Mikkelsen and Georg Linnamäe are two others who were also forced to miss out.
At this moment it is still unsure which rally will be the next in schedule for the Hyundai Motorsport crew.