Benjamin Veillas

As he takes the place of retiring co-driving world champion Julien Ingrassia, Veillas has some big shoes to fill…

The story so far

Veillas began his co-driving career in 1997 and made his FIA World Rally Championship debut in 1999 at the Tour de Corse.

The Frenchman spent the majority of his early years cutting his teeth on local French national rallies, and it wasn’t until 2015 when his career really began to take off.

He hooked up with compatriot Eric Camilli to contest WRC2 in a Ford Fiesta R5. They finished seventh, but three podium finishes were enough to catch the eye of Malcolm Wilson, who offered them a full World Rally Car programme with M-Sport Ford in 2016. 

It was a big step, and the pair were dropped to the team’s WRC2 squad for 2017 after finishing 11th. They finished second in the lower division and continued to work together until 2019, but appearances were few and far between.

Over recent years, Veillas regularly accompanied eight-time world champion Sébastien Ogier on his pre-event tests and even worked as part of his gravel crew.

When Ogier’s long-term co-driver Julien Ingrassia announced his retirement from the sport after 2021, Veillas was chosen to take the reins. The duo will contest selected rounds of the 2022 championship with Toyota Gazoo Racing. 

 

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