Since then he’s established himself as one of the brightest prospects for future stardom.
Here he tells Wrc.com about his love of riding bikes as a youngster and his plans to cook his team boss Malcolm Wilson the perfect Norwegian meal.
What’s your favourite place in the world and why?
“It’s Sweden where we have our summer house. I’ve spent a lot of time there and it’s one of the few places where I actually have a holiday, I don’t go there to do any work. It’s a really nice place, an island called Koster.”
How well did you do at school?
“Not too well. I was always told if I made an effort I could do very well but mainly I didn’t make an effort. I was thinking more about other things. I was not brilliant but I did okay.”
What was your favourite toy as a child?
“It was probably my bicycle. I was using that all the time, making tracks inside the forests.”
If you were stranded on a desert island what three items would you need to survive?
“A boat, an engine and a compass.”
If you hadn’t become a rally driver what job would you be doing now?
“That’s a difficult one because I’ve never thought about that really. It would be some kind of computer business, which my family runs or something with cars I reckon because I’ve always liked cars.”
What’s the most annoying thing about Jonas Andersson your co-driver?
“When he don’t get his coffee he gets really quickly irritated. I always have to bring coffee to him but sometimes I forget.”
Who is the unsung hero in your team?
“My four own mechanics are really good people. Okay we’ve had some problems this year with gearboxes but you’ll never see my car fail from a mechanical slip. I would never swap them for anyone.”
What would be in your favourite sandwich?
“Egg and caviar. That’s nice. You should try it one time!”
What would you do on your perfect day off?
“I would be out on the water in a boat.”
Malcolm Wilson, your team boss, is coming over for dinner. What would you cook for him?
“I would probably make some fish really. Some proper Norwegian fish with potatoes, vegetables and some homemade hollandaise sauce.”