Ingvar Carlsson (rally driver)

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Ingvar Carlsson
IngvarCarlsson1995.jpg
Carlsson pictured in 1995
Personal information
Nationality Sweden Swedish
Born (1947-04-02)April 2, 1947
Nyköping, Sweden
Died October 28, 2009(2009-10-28) (aged 62)
Nyköping
World Rally Championship record
Active years 1974 – 1991
Co-driver Sweden Per Carlsson
Sweden Jan-Olof Bohlin
Sweden Claes Billstam
Sweden Benny Melander
Teams Datsun, Fiat, BMW, Mercedes, Mazda
Rallies 42
Championships 0
Rally wins 2
Podiums 4
Stage wins 56
Total points 125
First rally 1974 Rally de Portugal
First win 1989 Swedish Rally
Last rally

1991 Rally Australia

FIA European Rallycross Championship
Years active 19941996
Former teams Christer Bohlin Motorsport
Starts 24
Wins 1
Podiums 6
Best finish 4th in 1996 (Division 1)

Ingvar Carlsson (2 April 1947 in Nyköping – 28 October 2009 in Nyköping) was a Swedish rally driver, who won two World Rally Championship events in 1989.

Career[edit]

Carlsson began his rallying career in 1966, competing in national rallies in a Volvo PV544. He won his fourth rally.[1] Carlsson's first World Rally Championship (WRC) event came in 1974, when he drove a works Datsun 260Z on Rally de Portugal.[2] 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, gaining a fifth place in Rally de Portugal as his best finish.[1]

In 1984 he joined Mazda, initially playing a key role in developing the rear-wheel drive Group B RX-7.[3] In 1987 Mazda introduced the Group A 323 4WD. Following the prohibition of Group B, Carlsson found himself with a competitive advantage due to his extensive experience in lesser-powered cars.[1] 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. He also drove for Toyota in the FIA European Rallycross Championship in 1995 (with teammate Gunde Svan) and 1996. He finished fifth in 1995 and fourth in 1996.

Death[edit]

Carlsson died on 28 October 2009, aged 62.

WRC Victories[edit]

 #  Event Season Co-driver Car
1 Sweden 39th Swedish Rally 1989 Per Carlsson Mazda 323 4WD
2 New Zealand 19th Rally New Zealand 1989 Per Carlsson Mazda 323 4WD

Racing record[edit]

Complete FIA European Rallycross Championship results[edit]

Division 1[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 ERX Points
1994 Christer Bohlin Motorsport Toyota Celica Turbo 4WD AUT
POR
FRA
IRE
GBR
SWE
FIN
BEL
NED
NOR
GER
7
24th 10
1995 Christer Bohlin Motorsport Toyota Celica GT-Four AUT
4
POR
2
FRA
5
SWE
(7)
GBR
(11)
IRE
(NC)
BEL
2
NED
5
NOR
2
FIN
3
CZE
6
GER
(6)
5th 114
1996 Christer Bohlin Motorsport Toyota Celica GT-Four AUT
6
POR
5
FRA
(11)
SWE
(NC)
IRE
(7)
GBR
(11)
BEL
2
NED
5
NOR
4
CZE
4
GER
1
4th 98

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Kjellström, PeO (1987-01-21). "Ingvar Carlsson: Rallyproffs - efter 20 år!" [Rally pro - twenty years later!]. Teknikens Värld (in Swedish). Stockholm, Sweden: Specialtidningsförlaget AB. 39 (1-2): 28. 
  2. ^ http://www.rallybuzz.com/ingvar-carlsson-rip/
  3. ^ http://www.wrc.com/news/ingvar-carlsson-1947-2009/?fid=11472

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