Freddy Kottulinsky

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Dakar Rally winner of 1980

Winfried Philippe Adalbert Karl Graf Kottulinsky Freiherr von Kottulin, better known as Freddy Kottulinsky (20 July 1932 – 4 May 2010[1]), was a German-Swedish racing and rallying driver who won the Paris-Dakar Rally in 1980. He was born in München.


A member of old Austrian-Silesian nobility,[2] in 1953 he went to Sweden, where he set up a repair shop. In the 1960s and mostly with a Swedish racing licence, Kottulinsky competed in Formula 3, Formula Vee and Formula 2. In F3 he became Swedish champion in 1966 on a Lotus 35 Cosworth. Together with Ronnie Peterson and Torsten Palm he in 1970 scored a Swedish win in the F3 European Cup for nations. In 1974 he won Formel Super V's European Gold Cup on a Lola T320.

He also entered rallies, as did his daughter Susanne Kottulinsky who had been born in 1960. His grand daughter Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky is also a racing driver in Audi Sport TT Cup. In 1980 he won the Paris-Dakar Rally together with Gerd Löffelmann in a 4WD VW Iltis prepared by Audi. When asked for the first time to drive one of three cars that were supposed to support Jean Ragnotti, Kottulinsky, who had neither experience nor desire to race in a desert, declined indirectly by asking for a high salary.[3] Shortly before the race began, the team hired him anyway, and Kottulinsky entered the race with hardly any preparation. He did not have tent nor sleeping bag, but enough spare parts to keep the car running without having to wait for support. The design of this four wheel drive system provided the basis for Audi's Quattro system, which debuted later in 1980 on the original Audi Quattro. In that time, Kottulinsky also trained the mechanics to drive the team's service vehicles quickly and safely. This developed into Audi Fahrsicherheitstraining (driving safety lessons), for which Kottulinsky worked 25 years until retirement.

Kottulinsky lived in Görkwitz in Thüringen for several years, promoting the local race track Schleizer Dreieck.[4] At over 70 years of age, he was still entering motorsport events, e.g. on 11 August 2006 with a Datsun 240Z in the AvD-Historic-Marathon-400 on the Nordschleife of the Nürburgring. He died in May 2010 in Karlstad.


  1. ^ "PRO Schleizer Dreieck". Retrieved 2012-07-27. 
  2. ^ "Franz Carl Kottulinsky Von Kottulin Und Krizkowitz". Retrieved 2012-07-27. 
  3. ^ "Paris-Dakar - "Ein Riesenabenteuer" - SPIEGEL ONLINE". Retrieved 2012-07-27. 
  4. ^ "Bürgerinitiative PRO Schleizer Dreieck". Retrieved 2012-07-27. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Alain Génestier
Dakar Rally
Car Winner

Succeeded by
René Metge