Ingvar Carlsson (rally driver)
Carlsson pictured in 1995
|Born||April 2, 1947|
|Died||October 28, 2009(aged 62)|
|World Rally Championship record|
|Active years||1974 – 1991|
|Teams||Datsun, Fiat, BMW, Mercedes, Mazda|
|First rally||1974 Rally de Portugal|
|First win||1989 Swedish Rally|
|Last rally||1991 Rally Australia|
Carlsson, who was born in Örebro, began his rallying career in the late 1960s, competing in national rallies in a Volvo PV544. Carlsson's first World Rally Championship (WRC) event came in 1974, when he drove a works Datsun 260Z on Rally de Portugal. He then drove for Fiat in an Abarth 124 on that year's RAC Rally and the 1975 Swedish Rally, where he finished fifth, ahead of teammate Markku Alen. He then spent many years driving for BMW, although he also drove for Mercedes in 1980. In 1984 he joined Mazda, initially playing a key role in developing the rear-wheel drive Group B RX-7. In 1987 Mazda introduced the Group A 323 4WD. Carlsson took his first WRC victory on the opening round of the 1989 season in Sweden, and also went on to win Rally New Zealand later in the year. At the end of 1991 Mazda pulled the plug on its rally programme and Carlsson retired from the WRC.
Carlsson died on 28 October 2009, aged 62.
# Event Season Co-driver Car 1 39th Swedish Rally 1989 Per Carlsson Mazda 323 4WD 2 19th Rally New Zealand 1989 Per Carlsson Mazda 323 4WD
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