|Date of Birth:
||1995, Great Britain
||Volkswagen Motorsport II
Ola Fløene is one of Norway’s most experienced co-drivers and in his 17-year career has partnered most of the biggest names in Norwegian rallying.
After success on the motocross track, Floene switched to co-driving aged 20 and in 1996 began a partnership with Mads Ostberg’s father Morten. Over the next three seasons the pair tackled Norwegian championship rallies, going up against rivals like Petter and Henning Solberg. More national events followed in 2000 alongside Martin Stenshorne, but the year was marred by two huge accidents, one of which left Fløene with a broken back.
Over the next five years Floene tackled a variety of Nordic and European rallies with drivers including Henning Solberg, David Doppelreiter and both Morten and Mads Ostberg. In March 2006, Henning asked Floene to test alongside a promising 16-year old Andreas Mikkelsen - starting a partnership that lasted seven years.
Using Floene’s pace-note system, Mikkelsen set records in the British, Norwegian and world championships and back-to-back titles in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) Skoda in 2011 and 2012. A works WRC drive with Volkswagen beckoned in 2013, but Floene was left out in the cold when Mikkelsen brought in new co-driver Mikko Markkula.
Instead, Floene spent 2013 with Swedish rising star Pontus Tidemand, and the two clinched the WRC Academy world title. In May 2014 Floene got a call from Mikkelsen asking him to come back in time for Rally Sardegna. Floene was happy to oblige, saying: “I dare say Andreas and I were just meant to be together in a rally car.”