Harry Källström

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Harry Källström
Personal information
Nationality Sweden Swedish
Born (1939-06-30)30 June 1939
Södertälje
Died 13 July 2009(2009-07-13) (aged 70)
Strömsund
World Rally Championship record
Active years 1973 – 1980
Teams Lancia, Volkswagen, Datsun, Nissan Motors
Rallies 28
Championships 0
Rally wins 1
Podiums 4
Stage wins 4
Total points 18
First rally 1973 Monte Carlo Rally
First win 1976 Acropolis Rally
Last rally 1980 San Remo Rally
Källström's Lancia Fulvia 1.6 Coupé HF during the 1972 Press-on-Regardless.

Harry "Sputnik" Källström (30 June 1939 - 13 July 2009) was a Swedish professional rally driver who debuted in 1957 and competed in the World Rally Championship in the 1970s. Prior to the forming of the WRC, Källström won the RAC Rally in a Lancia Fulvia 1.6 Coupé HF in 1969 and 1970. In 1969, he also captured the European Rally Championship title.

Partnered with Claes-Göran Andersson, and driving a Datsun 160J, he took his only World Rally Championship victory at the 1976 Acropolis Rally Greece. At the same rally and in the same car, he finished third in 1977 and 1979.

His fourth podium appearance in the world championship was a second place at the 1973 Safari Rally in a Datsun 1800 SSS. This was the first WRC event to end in a dead heat; he and Shekhar Mehta ended on the same penalty points (6 hours and 46 minutes) but Mehta was awarded the win due to being the fastest in the opening stages. At the 1985 Rallye Côte d'Ivoire, Toyota teammates Juha Kankkunen and Björn Waldegård repeated this feat.[1]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Pauli Toivonen
European Rally Champion
1969
Succeeded by
Jean-Claude Andruet

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Closest wins". World Rally Archive. Retrieved 1 May 2009. 

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