Tommy Rustad

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Tommy Rustad, 2011.

Tommy Rustad (born 3 September 1968) is a Norwegian auto racing driver. He currently drives in the Swedish Touring Car Championship. Tommy is the son of former well known Norwegian racer Ola Rustad.

Racing career[edit]

Early Years[edit]

Rustad was born in Oslo. He started his motor sport career in karting before racing in the Norwegian Rallycross Championship, winning the so-called Supernasjonal title for six years in a row between 1987 and 1992. On June 14, 1992 he claimed overall victory in the Irish round of the European Rallycross Championship with the Ford RS200 of his compatriot and mentor Martin Schanche at Mondello Park. In 1993 he switched to circuit racing, becoming the Swedish Formula Opel Champion in his first year. He drove in the Formula Opel Euroseries in 1994, finishing fifth in points, and finished sixth in the 1995 Eurocup Formula Renault. In 1996 he was in the Italian Formula Three Championship finishing ninth, and the Renault Spider Eurocup, finishing second in his first year, and was champion in 1997.

BTCC[edit]

In 1998 Rustad got a drive in the British Touring Car Championship. He drove a Renault Laguna for the DC Cook Motorsport team in the Michelin Independents Cup, despite getting some backing from the Renault works team. With five class wins throughout the seasons, he was crowned independent champion. A sixteenth place overall finish saw him one place ahead of works Peugeot driver Tim Harvey.

STCC[edit]

Rustad driving a Volvo C30 at Falkenbergs Motorbana.

Since his drive in the BTCC, he has spent most of his career driving in the Swedish Touring Car Championship. He was champion in both the STCC and the Norwegian Touring Car Championship in 2000, driving a works Nissan Primera. After this he spent a couple of seasons racing in the European Touring Car Championship, before returning to Sweden in 2003 in an Opel Astra. He went back to rallycross for one year to compete in the 2006 FIA European Championships for Rallycross Drivers where he was third overall with a Ford Focus T16 4x4, returning to the STCC Opel Team in 2007. 2008 had him drive a works Volvo C30 powered by bio-ethanol for Polestar Racing. He went on to win the championship for the second time in 2009 for Polestar.

WTCC[edit]

Rustad became the first Norwegian to drive in the World Touring Car Championship when his Polestar Racing team entered rounds 15 and 16 of the 2009 season at Brands Hatch. Rustad retired from both races.

Racing record[edit]

Complete British Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position – 1 point awarded all races) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap) (* signifies that driver lead feature race for at least one lap – 1 point awarded)

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 25 26 Pos Pts
1998 DC Cook Motorsport Renault Laguna THR
1

16
THR
2

Ret
SIL
1

15
SIL
2

13
DON
1

17
DON
2

12
BRH
1

12
BRH
2

14*
OUL
1

13
OUL
2

12
DON
1

12
DON
2

8
CRO
1

15
CRO
2

Ret
SNE
1

17
SNE
2

12
THR
1

14
THR
2

Ret
KNO
1

13
KNO
2

8
BRH
1

15
BRH
2

13
OUL
1

12
OUL
2

8
16th 12
Blend 37 Williams Renault SIL
1

11
SIL
2

9

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 RJN Motorsport Nissan Primera MAG
1

Ret
MAG
2

10
SIL
1

11
SIL
2

Ret
BRN
1

11
BRN
2

15†
JAR
1

DNS
JAR
2

10
AND
1

14
AND
2

Ret
OSC
1

10
OSC
2

10
SPA
1

11
SPA
2

Ret
PER
1

16
PER
2

15
DON
1

Ret
DON
2

DNS
EST
1

5
EST
2

10
15th 2

† — Did not finish the race, but was classified as he completed over 90% of the race distance.

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
2009 Volvo Olsbergs Green Racing Volvo C30 BRA
1
BRA
2
MEX
1
MEX
2
MAR
1
MAR
2
FRA
1
FRA
2
ESP
1
ESP
2
CZE
1
CZE
2
POR
1
POR
2
GBR
1

Ret
GBR
2

Ret
GER
1
GER
2
ITA
1
ITA
2
JPN
1
JPN
2
MAC
1
MAC
2
NC† 0†

† – Not eligible for points, as a guest driver.

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Franck Lagorce
Renault Sport Spider Elf Trophy Champion
1997
Succeeded by
Andrea Belicchi
Preceded by
Mattias Ekström
Swedish Touring Car Champion
2000
Succeeded by
Roberto Colciago
Preceded by
Richard Göransson
Swedish Touring Car Champion
2009
Succeeded by
Richard Göransson