Fredrik Ekblom

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Fredrik Ekblom
Fredrik Ekblom 2011.jpg
Nationality  Swedish
Born (1970-10-06) 6 October 1970 (age 43)
Kumla (Sweden)
2014 STCC – Racing Elite League
Debut season 2011
Current team Volvo Polestar Racing
Car no. 11
Starts 20
Wins 2
Poles 1
Fastest laps 5
Best champ.
finish
1st in 2012
Previous series
2007
2002
2001
19982000, 200310
1995–97
199496
199293
1991
1990
1990
1989–90
WTCC
ETCC
ALMS
STCC
IMSA GT Championship
CART
Indy Lights
British Formula 3000
German F3 Championship
British F3 Championship
Swedish F3 Championship
Championship titles
2012
1998, 2003, 2007
TTA – Racing Elite League
STCC
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 19971999
Teams Courage Compétition, Nissan Motorsports
Best finish 8th (1999)
Class wins 0

Fredrik Ekblom (born 6 October 1970) is a Swedish race car driver from Kumla. After an early career in single-seaters he switched to touring car racing where he won multiple titles in his native Swedish Touring Car Championship and later in the TTA – Racing Elite League.

Career[edit]

CART[edit]

He made 13 Indy Lights starts in 1992 and 1993. He then made three starts in CART for three different teams and was entered in the 1994 and 1995 Indianapolis 500 races, but after passing rookie orientation in 1994, he never appeared for practice either year.

24 Hours of Le Mans[edit]

In 1997 and 1998 he drove in the 24 Hours of Le Mans for Courage Compétition and in 1999 for Nissan Motorsports.

Swedish Touring Car Championship[edit]

He began racing in the Swedish Touring Car Championship where he was the series champion in 1998 in a WestCoast Racing prepared BMW 320i. After two seasons away from the championship he went on to be champion twice more, winning his second title on his return to the series in 2003 with a Kristoffersson Motorsport–run Audi A4. He continued to drive in the series for Audi until 2006 before returning to WestCoast Racing in 2007 where he became champion for the third time. He stayed with the team for the following season where he finished runner–up to Richard Göransson. In 2009 Swedish Touring Car Championship season he moved to the E.ON Biogas Racing Team, driving a Volkswagen Scirocco which ran on bio–gas.[1]

European Touring Car Championship[edit]

During his time away from the Swedish Touring Car Championship, Ekblom competed in the American Le Mans Series and then the European Touring Car Championship in 2002. He drove a BMW 320i for BMW Team Belgium[2] He finished 6th in the championship with a trio of third–place finishes as his best results.

World Touring Car Championship[edit]

He competed in some rounds of the 2007 World Touring Car Championship season for BMW Team UK to help Andy Priaulx with his title campaign. He made his first appearance at the Race of Sweden before returning for the final two rounds of the season, he scored a single point at the final race in Macau.

TTA/STCC – Racing Elite League[edit]

Ekblom signed a three year deal with Volvo Polestar Racing to compete in the TTA – Racing Elite League starting in 2012.[3] Ekblom secured third on grid at the final round in Gothenburg to claim the drivers' championship title.[4]

Racing record[edit]

American Open Wheel[edit]

(key)

CART[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Rank Points
1994 McCormack Australia
SRF
United States
PHX
United States
LBH
United States
INDY
United States
MIL
United States
DET
15
United States
POR
United States
CLE
Canada
TOR
United States
MIS
United States
MDO
United States
NHM
Canada
VAN
United States
ROA
United States
NZR
United States
LS
39th 0
1995 Foyt United States
MIA
Australia
SRF
United States
PHX
United States
LBH
United States
NZR
United States
INDY
United States
MIL
United States
DET
United States
POR
United States
ROA
Canada
TOR
United States
CLE
United States
MIS
United States
MDO
United States
NHM
Canada
VAN
United States
LS
19
42nd 0
1996 Walker United States
MIA
Brazil
RIO
Australia
SRF
United States
LBH
United States
NZR
United States
500
Ret
United States
MIL
United States
DET
United States
POR
United States
CLE
Canada
TOR
United States
MIS
United States
MDO
United States
ROA
Canada
VAN
United States
LS
40th 0

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1997 France Courage Compétition France Jean-Louis Ricci
Belgium Jean-Paul Libert
Courage C36 LMP 265 16th 5th
1998 France Courage Compétition France Patrice Gay
Japan Takeshi Tsuchiya
Courage C51 LMP1 126 DNF DNF
1999 Japan Nissan Motorsports France Didier Cottaz
Belgium Marc Goossens
Courage C52 LMP 335 8th 7th

Complete European Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 DC Pts
2002 BMW Team Belgium BMW 320i MAG
1

6
MAG
2

6
SIL
1

10
SIL
2

6
BRN
1

7
BRN
2

Ret
JAR
1

8
JAR
2

5
AND
1

11
AND
2

3
OSC
1

Ret
OSC
2

9
SPA
1

3
SPA
2

Ret
PER
1

5
PER
2

5
DON
1
DON
2
EST
1

Ret
EST
2

3
6th 21

Complete World Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 DC Points
2007 BMW Team UK BMW 320si BRA
1
BRA
2
NED
1
NED
2
ESP
1
ESP
2
FRA
1
FRA
2
CZE
1
CZE
2
POR
1
POR
2
SWE
1

12
SWE
2

14
GER
1
GER
2
GBR
1
GBR
2
ITA
1

11
ITA
2

12
MAC
1

16
MAC
2

9*
20th 1

* Colin Turkington finished in 8th place but was ineligible for points, giving one point to Ekblom for 9th place finish.

Partial TTA/STCC – Racing Elite League results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 DC Pts
2012 Volvo Polestar Racing Volvo S60 TTA KAR
2
AND
1
GÖT
5
FAL
4
KAR
1
AND
2
TIE
2
GÖT
4
1st 151
2013 Volvo Polestar Racing Volvo S60 TTA KNU
1

6
KNU
2

6
SOL
3
GÖT
9
FAL
1

2
FAL
2

3
ÖST
4
KAR
1

4
KAR
2

2
TIE
6
MAN
1

2
MAN
2

Ret
5th 140

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.oneighturbo.com/2008/12/17/stcc-volkswagen-confirms-gas-powered-sciroccos/ Volkswagen confirms biogas powered Sciroccos
  2. ^ "Preview: Alfa faces up to BMW threat". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). 18 April 2002. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Volvo Polestar Racing signs Fredrik Ekblom". www.polestar.com (Polestar Racing). Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  4. ^ Veltman, Rob (29 September 2012). "Björk claims pole in Gothenburg – Ekblom is the champion". TouringCarTimes (Mediaempire Stockholm AB). Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jan Nilsson
Swedish Touring Car Champion
1998
Succeeded by
Mattias Ekstrom
Preceded by
Roberto Colciago
Swedish Touring Car Champion
2003
Succeeded by
Richard Göransson
Preceded by
Thed Bjork
Swedish Touring Car Champion
2007
Succeeded by
Richard Göransson