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Ola Floene

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Nationality:  NOR
Date of Birth: 01.02.1969
Age: 46
First Rally: 1995, Great Britain

Season 2015

Classification: WRC
Car No: 9
Team: Volkswagen Motorsport II
Driver: Andreas Mikkelsen
Points: 171
Standing: 3
Rally Wins: 1
Retirements: 0
Podiums: 9

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, Fløene switched to co-driving aged 20 and in 1996 began a partnership with Mads Østberg’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 Fløene tackled a variety of Nordic and European rallies with drivers including Henning Solberg, David Doppelreiter and both Morten and Mads Østberg. In March 2006, Henning asked Fløene to test alongside a promising 16-year old Andreas Mikkelsen - starting a partnership that lasted seven years.

Using Fløene’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 Fløene was left out in the cold when Mikkelsen brought in new co-driver Mikko Markkula.

Instead, Fløene spent 2013 with Swedish rising star Pontus Tidemand, and the two clinched the WRC Academy world title. In May 2014 Fløene got a call from Mikkelsen asking him to come back in time for Rally Italia Sardegna. Fløene was happy to oblige, saying: “I dare say Andreas and I were just meant to be together in a rally car.”

The pair went onto take four podiums during the remainder of the 2014 season.

Rally Classification Driver Rank Points
Rallye Monte Carlo WRC Andreas Mikkelsen 3. 15
Rally Sweden WRC Andreas Mikkelsen 3. 15
Rally Guanajuato México WRC Andreas Mikkelsen 3. 15+2
Xion Rally Argentina WRC Andreas Mikkelsen 29. 0
Vodafone Rally de Portugal WRC Andreas Mikkelsen 3. 15+1
Rally Italia Sardegna WRC Andreas Mikkelsen 36. 1
LOTOS 72nd Rally Poland WRC Andreas Mikkelsen 2. 18+1
Neste Oil Rally Finland WRC Andreas Mikkelsen 58. 0
ADAC Rallye Deutschland WRC Andreas Mikkelsen 3. 15
Coates Hire Rally Australia WRC Andreas Mikkelsen 4. 12+1
Tour de Corse Rallye de France WRC Andreas Mikkelsen 3. 15
RallyRACC Catalunya-Costa Daurada WRC Andreas Mikkelsen 1. 25+3
Wales Rally GB WRC Andreas Mikkelsen 3. 15+2

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