Per-Gunnar Andersson (rally driver)

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Per-Gunnar Andersson
Per-Gunnar Andersson - 2008 Monte Carlo Rally.jpg
Andersson at the 2008 Monte Carlo Rally.
Personal information
Nationality Sweden Swedish
Born (1980-03-10) 10 March 1980 (age 34)
World Rally Championship record
Active years 2002–present
Teams Suzuki, Stobart Ford
Rallies 74
Championships 0
Rally wins 0
Podiums 0
Stage wins 6
Total points 34
First rally 2002 Swedish Rally

Per-Gunnar Andersson (born 10 March 1980 in Årjäng) is a Swedish rally driver. He is a two-time winner of the Junior World Rally Championship.

Career[edit]

Andersson celebrating his first JWRC victory at 2004 Rally Finland

P.G. Andersson was competing in Junior World Rally Championship since 2003. He became JWRC champion in his first complete season, season 2004, piloting a Suzuki Ignis S1600, with 2 wins, 2nd place, 8th place and two retirements. He scored 39 points during this year and runner-up Nicolas Bernardi piloting Renault Clio S1600 scored only 2 points less.

In 2005 season, Andersson continued competing in JWRC with Suzuki Ignis S1600 and later Suzuki Swift S1600. Although he won Rally Acropolis, rest of season wasn't that successful and in final standings Andersson finished 6th with 30 points.

In 2006, Andersson was still racing in JWRC with Suzuki Swift S1600. He won Rally Sweden but was also excluded from Rally Turkey and crashed at Rally GB. He finished season as 3rd with 29 points, 2nd was Urmo Aava also with Suzuki Swift S1600 and 31 points, Patrik Sandell became JWRC champion with Renault Clio S1600 and 32 points.

In 2007 Per Gunnar Andersson became Junior World Rally Champion for 2nd time with a Suzuki Swift S1600. Andersson won 3 rallies, scored one 2nd place and one 4th place. Runner-up was Urmo Aava with Suzuki Swift S1600 and 3rd was Martin Prokop with Citroen C2 S1600.

With two JWRC titles he was finally chosen by factory WRC team. Suzuki World Rally Team in the 2008 season.[1] He started the season by finishing eighth at the 2008 Monte Carlo Rally in his first rally in a World Rally Car.[2] He was suffering from many mistakes and retirements during the season, finishing at points only 4 times. His best result came in last two rallies of season, 5th places at Rally Japan and Rally GB.

After the withdrawal of the Suzuki team at the end of 2008, Andersson was left without a regular drive for 2009. A drive in an ageing Škoda Fabia at Rally Norway saw two stage wins and a place in the top six on the first day before clutch problems forced him to retire. After that Andersson participated only at few local rallies and prepared for next season.

2010 P.G. Andersson was racing in SWRC with Škoda Fabia S2000, and won SWRC Rally Sweden. Although he was later removed from SWRC 2010 standigs and just his victory at Sweden is counted. He also raced with Ford Focus WRC at Rally Bulgaria for Stobart WRT, finished 7th.

In 2011, Andersson competed in 2 WRC events with a Ford Fiesta RS WRC, finishing 7th in Sweden and 15th in Italy. He drove Tommi Mäkinen Racing's Subaru Impreza STi R4 on Rally Finland, finishing 15th. He was also signed by Proton Motorsport to drive one of the Satria Neo S2000s in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge. The team's season was full of mechanical failures, and the competitiveness of the car was also poor compared to rivals (i.e. Skoda Fabia S2000, Peugeot 207 S2000); he only scored points on the Barum Czech Rally Zlín, finishing ninth.

As for 2012, Proton decided to enter the S2000 World Rally Championship (SWRC), with Andersson as their number 1 driver. The season started off bittersweet, with PG leading almost till the end of the Monte Carlo Rallye, but he was forced to retire due to fire. In Sweden, he bounced back, and won the SWRC category. He followed this up with a second place in New Zealand, and with a win in Finland. However, due to various problems and retirements in Wales and France, Craig Breen passed Andersson to claim the lead of the category, and with PG unable to win in Spain, he only finished runner-up to the Irishman, although this was Proton's best result since winning the PWRC in 2002.

WRC results[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 WDC Points
2002 Per-Gunnar Andersson Renault Clio RS MON SWE
43
FRA ESP CYP ARG GRE KEN FIN GER ITA NZL AUS GBR NC 0
2003 Per-Gunnar Andersson Renault Clio S1600 MON SWE TUR NZL ARG GRE CYP GER FIN
Ret
AUS ITA
19
FRA ESP
Ret
GBR
Ret
NC 0
2004 Per-Gunnar Andersson Suzuki Ignis S1600 MON
19
GRE
Ret
TUR
11
ARG FIN
16
GER JPN
Ret
GBR
Ret
ITA
9
FRA ESP
16
AUS NC 0
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII SWE
25
MEX NZL CYP
2005 Per-Gunnar Andersson Suzuki Ignis S1600 MON
18
SWE
18
MEX
14
NZL
17
ITA
22
CYP
33
TUR
19
GRE
15
ARG NC 0
Suzuki Swift S1600 FIN
Ret
GER
16
GBR
22
JPN
22
FRA ESP
Ret
AUS
2006 Per-Gunnar Andersson Suzuki Swift S1600 MON SWE
19
MEX ESP FRA ARG
34
ITA
21
GRE GER FIN
18
JPN CYP TUR
DSQ
AUS NZL GBR
Ret
NC 0
2007 Suzuki Sports Europe Suzuki Swift S1600 MON SWE NOR
18
MEX POR
14
ARG ITA
14
GRE FIN GER NZL ESP
15
FRA
20
JPN IRE GBR NC 0
2008 Suzuki World Rally Team Suzuki SX4 WRC MON
8
SWE
Ret
MEX
Ret
ARG
24
JOR
Ret
ITA
9
GRE
11
TUR
Ret
FIN
Ret
GER
15
NZL
6
ESP
32
FRA
17
JPN
5
GBR
5
12th 12
2009 Per-Gunnar Andersson Škoda Fabia WRC IRE NOR
Ret
CYP POR ARG ITA GRE POL FIN AUS ESP GBR NC 0
2010 Per-Gunnar Andersson Škoda Fabia S2000 SWE
10
13th 8
Rufa Sport MEX JOR
16
TUR NZL POR
16
FIN
10
GER
13
JPN FRA ESP GBR
Stobart M-Sport Ford Rally Team Ford Focus RS WRC 08 BUL
7
2011 Per-Gunnar Andersson Ford Fiesta RS WRC SWE
7
MEX POR JOR 20th 6
M-Sport Stobart Ford World Rally Team ITA
15
ARG GRE
Tommi Mäkinen Racing Subaru Impreza STi R4 FIN
15
GER AUS FRA ESP GBR
2012 Proton Motorsport Proton Satria Neo S2000 MON
Ret
SWE
14
MEX POR ARG GRE NZL
23
FIN
11
GER GBR
24
FRA
24
ITA ESP
8
24th 4
2013 Per-Gunnar Andersson Ford Fiesta S2000 MON SWE MEX POR
Ret
ARG GRE 23rd 4
AT Rally Team Ford Fiesta RS WRC ITA
13
FIN
8
GER
Ret
AUS FRA ESP GBR

JWRC results[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 JWRC Points
2004 Per-Gunnar Andersson Suzuki Ignis S1600 MON
8
GRE
Ret
TUR
1
FIN
1
GBR
Ret
ITA
1
ESP
2
1st 39
2005 Per-Gunnar Andersson Suzuki Ignis S1600 MON
6
MEX
2
ITA
5
GRE
1
6th 30
Suzuki Swift S1600 FIN
Ret
GER
4
FRA ESP
Ret
2006 Per-Gunnar Andersson Suzuki Swift S1600 SWE
1
ESP FRA ARG
3
ITA
4
GER FIN
2
TUR
DSQ
GBR
Ret
3rd 29
2007 Suzuki Sports Europe Suzuki Swift S1600 NOR
1
POR
1
ITA
2
FIN GER ESP
1
FRA
4
1st 43

SWRC results[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 SWRC Points
2010 Per-Gunnar Andersson Škoda Fabia S2000 SWE
1
9th† 25†
Rufa Sport MEX JOR
3
NZL POR
5
FIN
2
GER
3
JPN FRA GBR
2012 Proton Motorsport Proton Satria Neo S2000 MON
Ret
SWE
1
POR NZL
2
FIN
1
GBR
6
FRA
3
ESP
2
2nd 109

† Andersson's entrant Rufa Sport failed to compete in the required number of events, meaning all of Andersson's points scored with the team have been annulled. His win in Sweden remains as he competed as a wildcard entrant and not with Rufa.

APRC results[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 APRC Points
2012 Proton Motorsport Proton Satria Neo S2000 NZL
2
NCL
Ret
AUS
4
MYS
Ret
JPN CHN 7th 55

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Brice Tirabassi
Junior World Rally Champion
2004
Succeeded by
Dani Sordo
Preceded by
Patrik Sandell
Junior World Rally Champion
2007
Succeeded by
Sébastien Ogier