Per Eklund

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Per Eklund
Per Eklund 2015-02-07 001.jpg
Per Eklund in 2015
Personal information
NationalitySweden Swedish
Born (1946-06-21) 21 June 1946 (age 73)
Skönnerud (Koppom), Sweden
World Rally Championship record
Active years1973–1997
Co-driverSweden Johnny Johansson
United Kingdom Dave Whittock
Sweden Björn Cederberg
Sweden Hans Sylvan
Sweden Ragnar Spjuth
Sweden Jan-Olof Bohlin
TeamsSaab, Toyota, Nissan, Austin Rover, Subaru
Rallies83
Championships0
Rally wins1
Podiums13
Stage wins73
Total points270
First rally1973 Swedish Rally
First win1976 Swedish Rally
Last rally1997 RAC Rally
FIA World Rallycross Championship
Years active20142015
Former teamsEklund Motorsport
Starts2
Wins0
Podiums0
Best finish35th in 2015
FIA ERX Supercar Championship
Years active2011, 20132014
Former teamsEklund Motorsport
Starts4
Wins0
Podiums0
Best finish22nd in 2011
FIA ERX Division 1 (1997–2010) Championship
Years active19972010
Former teamsEklund Motorsport
Clarion Team Europe
Starts131
Championships1 (1999)
Wins12
Podiums42
FIA ERX Division 2 (1982–1996) Championship
Years active19901991, 19931996
Former teamsClarion Team Europe
Starts47
Wins2
Podiums17
Best finish4th in 1995
FIA European Rallycross Cup
Years active19761978
Former teamsSaab
Starts7
Wins0
Podiums1
Best finish10th in 1976

Per Torsten Eklund (born 21 June 1946 in Skönnerud (Koppom), Eda Municipality of Värmland in Sweden), is a Rally and Rallycross driver who lives in Arvika. His nickname is "Pekka". In rallying he never made it to the very top but he has been very successful in his later rallycross career.

Biography[edit]

Saab works drive[edit]

After his education as a driving instructor, together with later teammate Stig Blomqvist at the Kvinnersta Folkhögskola outside of Örebro, Eklund was a Saab factory driver from 1970 till 1979. In 1982, however, the year after Saab discontinued its official rallying involvement, he achieved the brand's last top position in a World Championship event, finishing fourth in the Swedish Rally driving a privately entered, Clarion-sponsored Saab 99 Turbo. He was always proud of that result, since the competition consisted mostly of four-wheel-drive cars, and the event was run in snow. This signified the end of the rally era at Saab, even though Eklund went on to drive an officially-entered Saab 900 Turbo in the British round of the 1997 World Rally Championship. He was Swedish Champion in 1978, beating his team mate Stig Blomqvist. In 1982 Eklund finished 5th overall of the FIA World Rally Championship for Drivers.

Rallycross[edit]

In 1971 Eklund started driving Rallycross at Valkenswaard in The Netherlands, and some months later he won the first ever Swedish Rallycross event at Hedemora, on 17 October 1971. He first drove a Saab 96 V4, in the early years of the Embassy/ERA European Rallycross Championship as teammate to his compatriot Stig Blomqvist. He was always prominent, became 7th overall respectively 4th overall in the first and second European Championship series of 1973 and 1974, but his greatest successes have been in later times. From the early 1990s till 2009, his last full season, he was one of the fastest competitors of the FIA European Championship for Rallycross Drivers. In 1999 Eklund claimed his first and only European title for Drivers of the Division 1, nowadays known as the SuperCars category.

Per Eklund (Saab 9-3) in 2006

Toyota[edit]

Eklund joined Toyota Team Europe in 1980, and gave the 2nd generation Celica's one of its best WRC result by finished second in the 1981 Rallye Côte d'Ivoire. He drove the Group B Celica Twincam Turbo TA64 in selected 1983 and 1984 World Rally Championship events. Eklund also rallied Group A Corolla AE86 and Celica Supra 2800 GT in the British Rally Championship.

Accomplishments[edit]

  • FIA European Rallycross Champion 1999 with Saab 9-3 T16 4x4
  • 2nd overall in the 1998, 2002 and 2003 FIA European Rallycross Championships
  • 3rd overall in the 2000 and 2001 FIA European Rallycross Championships
  • Swedish Rallycross Champion 2004

Best international rally results (top three results only)[edit]

1969[edit]

  • Norwegian Winter Rally (N), 1st, Saab 96 V4, co-driver ?

1971[edit]

  • Norwegian Winter Rally (N), 1st, Saab 96 V4, co-driver ?

1972[edit]

  • Firestone Rally (E), 1st, Saab 96 V4, co-driver ?
  • Dutch Texaco Rally (NL), 1st, Saab 96 V4, co-driver ?
  • Österreichische Alpenfahrt (A), 3rd, Saab 96 V4, co-driver Bo Reinicke

1973[edit]

  • Swedish Rally (S), 2nd, Saab 96 V4, co-driver Rolf Carlsson
  • Österreichische Alpenfahrt (A), 3rd, Saab 96 V4, co-driver Bo Reinicke

1976[edit]

  • Swedish Rally (S), 1st, Saab 96 V4, co-driver Björn Cederberg

1980[edit]

  • 1000 Lakes Rally (FIN), 3rd, Triumph TR7 V8, co-driver Hans Sylvan

1981[edit]

  • Ivory Coast Rally (CI), 2nd, Toyota Celica 2000GT, co-driver Ragnar Spjuth

1982[edit]

  • Portugal Rally (P), 2nd, Toyota Celica 2000GT, co-driver Ragnar Spjuth
  • Rally of New Zealand (NZ), 2nd, Toyota Celica 2000GT, co-driver Ragnar Spjuth
  • Ivory Coast Rally (CI), 2nd, Toyota Celica 2000GT, co-driver Ragnar Spjuth

1983[edit]

  • Ivory Coast Rally (CI), 3rd, Toyota Celica TCT, co-driver Ragnar Spjuth

1984[edit]

  • Swedish Rally (S), 3rd, Audi quattro A2, co-driver Dave Whittock
  • RAC Rally (GB), 3rd, Toyota Celica TCT, co-driver Dave Whittock

1988[edit]

  • Safari Rally (EAK), 3rd, Nissan 200SX, co-driver Dave Whittock

1989[edit]

  • Swedish Rally (S), 2nd, Lancia Delta HF integrale, co-driver Dave Whittock

1991[edit]

  • Hunsrück-Rallye (D), 3rd, Lancia Delta HF integrale 16V, co-driver Jan-Olof Bohlin

Pikes Peak[edit]

  • Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (USA): In 2000 Per Eklund achieved a record time of 11:21.58 in his Saab 9-3 Viggen 4x4 while racing the Pikes Peak Open category that was valid until being bettered in 2012 by Frenchman Romain Dumas.
  • In 2002 Per Eklund took the Unlimited Class Victory. Eklund and his Saab's performance defeated the second place Unlimited Class entry and long-time Swedish rival Stig Blomqvist by over 34 seconds with a time of 11:13.20.

Trivia[edit]

En får ente ge sej (Värmland dialect for "One must not give up") is Eklund's motto and the title of his biography. By Per Eklund & Anders Tunberg, 210 pages, Sportförlaget 1998, ISBN 91-88540-95-2

Racing record[edit]

Complete WRC results[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 WDC Pts
1973 Saab-Scania Saab 96 V4 MON SWE
2
POR KEN MOR GRE POL FIN
Ret
AUT
3
ITA USA GBR
Ret
FRA N/A
1974 Saab-Scania Saab 96 V4 MON
C
SWE
C
POR KEN GRE
C
FIN
Ret
ITA CAN USA GBR
Ret
FRA N/A
1975 Saab-Scania Saab 96 V4 MON SWE
4
KEN GRE MOR POR FIN
4
ITA FRA GBR
Ret
N/A
1976 Saab-Scania Saab 96 V4 MON SWE
1
POR KEN GRE MOR N/A
Saab 99 EMS FIN
Ret
ITA FRA GBR
Ret
1977 Saab-Scania Saab 99 EMS MON SWE
Ret
POR KEN NZL GRE FIN
Ret
CAN ITA FRA GBR
9
NC 0
1978 Saab-Scania Saab 99 EMS MON SWE
Ret
KEN POR GRE NC 0
Per Eklund Porsche Carrera FIN
4
CAN ITA CIV FRA
Saab-Scania Saab 99 Turbo GBR
Ret
1979 Fiat Alitalia Fiat Ritmo 75 MON
Ret
54th 3
Saab-Scania Saab 99 Turbo SWE
Ret
POR KEN GRE NZL
British Leyland Cars Triumph TR7 V8 FIN
8
CAN ITA
Ret
FRA GBR
13
CIV
1980 Pierburg Volkswagen Golf GTi MON
5
11th 27
Team Datsun Sweden Datsun 160J SWE
8
British Leyland Cars Triumph TR7 V8 POR
Ret
KEN GRE ARG FIN
3
NZL ITA FRA GBR
7
Premoto Toyota Toyota Celica 2000 GT CIV
Ret
1981 Pierburg Volkswagen Golf GTi MON
Ret
10th 29
Publimo Racing / Clarion Porsche 911 SC SWE
9
Toyota Team Europe Toyota Celica 2000 GT POR
Ret
KEN FRA
6
GRE
Ret
ARG BRA
Rallysport News Team Porsche 911 SC FIN
Ret
ITA
Premoto Toyota Toyota Celica 2000 GT CIV
2
Toyota Team Great Britain GBR
6
1982 Saab Sport Saab 99 Turbo MON SWE
4
5th 57
Toyota Team Europe Toyota Celica 2000 GT POR
2
KEN FRA GRE NZL
2
BRA
Rallysport News Team Porsche 911 SC FIN
Ret
Volkswagen Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi 16S ITA
Ret
Premoto Toyota Toyota Celica 2000 GT CIV
2
Toyota Team Great Britain GBR
9
1983 Saab Sport Saab 99 Turbo MON SWE
Ret
POR KEN FRA GRE NZL ARG 10th 22
Sesab Service Audi Quattro A2 FIN
4
ITA
Premoto Toyota Toyota Celica 2000 GT CIV
3
Toyota Team Great Britain GBR
Ret
1984 Clarion Audi Quattro A2 MON SWE
3
POR FIN
6
ITA CIV 7th 30
Westlands Motors Toyota Celica Twincam Turbo KEN
Ret
FRA GRE NZL ARG
Toyota Team Great Britain GBR
3
1985 Clarion Svenska Audi Quattro A2 MON SWE
5
POR KEN FRA GRE NZL ARG FIN
6
ITA CIV GBR
4
10th 24
1986 Austin Rover WRT MG Metro 6R4 MON SWE
Ret
POR KEN FRA GRE NZL ARG GBR
7
USA 34th 8
Clarion Team Europe FIN
7
CIV ITA
1987 Subaru Deutschland Subaru RX Turbo MON
10
12th 25
Clarion Team Europe Audi Coupé Quattro SWE
7
POR FIN
4
CIV ITA GBR
EX
Fuji Heavy Industries Subaru RX Turbo KEN
5
FRA GRE
Nissan Motorsports International Nissan 200SX USA
9
NZL ARG
1988 Clarion Team Europe Lancia Delta HF 4WD MON SWE
Ret
20th 12
Nissan Motorsports International Nissan 200SX KEN
3
FRA GRE USA NZL ARG FIN CIV ITA
Clarion Team Europe Nissan March Turbo GBR
21
1989 Clarion Team Europe Lancia Delta Integrale SWE
2
FIN
Ret
AUS ITA CIV GBR
Ret
19th 16
Nissan March Turbo MON
Ret
POR GRE
10
NZL ARG
Nissan Motorsports International Nissan 200SX KEN
Ret
FRA
1990 Clarion Team Europe Lancia Delta Integrale 16V MON POR KEN FRA GRE NZL ARG FIN
Ret
AUS ITA CIV GBR
12
NC 0
1991 Clarion Team Europe Lancia Delta Integrale 16V MON SWE
8
POR KEN FRA GRE NZL ARG FIN AUS ITA CIV ESP GBR
Ret
49th 3
1992 Clarion Team Europe Subaru Legacy RS MON SWE
6
POR 32nd 8
Noriyuki Koseki Subaru Legacy 4WD Turbo KEN
9
FRA GRE NZL ARG FIN AUS ITA CIV ESP
Per Eklund Subaru Legacy RS GBR
12
1993 Eklund Team Europe Subaru Legacy RS MON SWE
6
POR KEN FRA GRE ARG NZL FIN AUS ITA ESP 31st 6
1996 Clarion Team Europe Subaru Legacy RS SWE
17
KEN IDN GRE ARG FIN AUS ITA ESP NC 0
1997 Per Eklund Saab 900 Turbo MON SWE KEN POR ESP FRA ARG GRE NZL FIN IDN ITA AUS GBR
Ret
NC 0

Complete FIA European Rallycross Cup results[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 ERC Points
1976 Saab Saab 96 V4 Turbo AUT1
4
GER1
6
FIN
9
SWE
BEL
6
AUT2
NED
GBR1
GER2
GBR2
10th 24
1977 Saab Saab 96 V4 Turbo AUT1
NED1
6
ITA
SWE1
FIN
BEL1
SWE2
NED2
BEL2
GER
AUT2
24th 6
1978 Per Eklund Porsche Carrera 3.0 AUT
ITA
SWE
9
FIN
3
BEL
NED
FRA
GBR
GER
27th 14

Complete FIA European Rallycross Championship results[edit]

Division 2[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 ERX Points
1990 Clarion Team Europe MG Metro 6R4 AUT
SWE
6
FIN
IRE
FRA
BEL
NED
NOR
GER
GBR
21st 11
1991 Clarion Team Europe MG Metro 6R4 POR
AUT
FIN
FRA
IRE
SWE
2
BEL
NED
NOR
NC
GBR
GER
20th 17
1993 Clarion Team Europe Subaru Legacy Turbo AUT
(6)
POR
4
FRA
4
IRE
(6)
SWE
4
FIN
2
BEL
3
NED
(NC)
NOR
3
GER
1
4th 106
1994 Clarion Team Europe Subaru Impreza AUT
2
POR
7
FRA
3
IRE
5
GBR
4
SWE
(NC)
FIN
3
BEL
7
NED
(NC)
NOR
(7)
GER
6
6th 93
1995 Clarion Team Europe Subaru Impreza AUT
2
POR
(NC)
FRA
5
SWE
3
GBR
(7)
IRE
(8)
BEL
4
NED
5
NOR
2
FIN
(6)
CZE
2
GER
3
4th 118
1996 Clarion Team Europe Subaru Impreza AUT
1
POR
(9)
FRA
4
SWE
(6)
IRE
(7)
GBR
2
BEL
3
NED
5
NOR
(6)
CZE
3
GER
(6)
5th 104

Division 1*[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 ERX Points
1997 Clarion Team Europe Saab 900 Turbo AUT
3
FRA
(6)
POR
(6)
GBR
3
SWE
4
FIN
(9)
BEL
5
NOR
4
CZE
2
GER
5
6th 97
1998 Clarion Team Europe Saab 900 Turbo AUT
2
POR
1
FRA
(6)
SWE
(4)
GBR
1
FIN
3
BEL
(8)
NOR
2
GER
3
CZE
3
2nd 119
1999 Clarion Team Europe Saab 9-3 T16 CZE
1
FRA
3
POR
2
SWE
(3)
FIN
2
BEL
2
NED
2
NOR
1
GER
(NC)
1st 123
2000 Clarion Team Europe Saab 9-3 T16 POR
1
FRA
3
CZE
1
SWE
DNS
BEL
3
NED
3
NOR
7
POL
(DSQ)
GER
2
3rd 102
2001 Clarion Team Europe Saab 9-3 T16 FRA
(11)
POR
3
AUT
2
CZE
2
SWE
DNS
BEL
4
NED
(9)
NOR
(6)
POL
2
GER
1
3rd 99
2002 Clarion Team Europe Saab 9-3 T16 POR
(5)
FRA
4
AUT
1
CZE
4
SWE
4
BEL
1
NED
(7)
NOR
3
POL
5
GER
1
2nd 126
2003 Clarion Team Europe Saab 9-3 T16 POR
3
FRA
(5)
AUT
2
CZE
1
SWE
2
BEL
2
NED
7
NOR
5
POL
(7)
GER
2
2nd 125
2004 Clarion Team Europe Saab 9-3 T16 POR
6
FRA
1
CZE
5
AUT
4
NOR
(8)
SWE
7
BEL
7
NED
(10)
POL
3
GER
8
5th 100
2005 Clarion Team Europe Saab 9-3 T16 FRA
(9)
POR
7
AUT
7
CZE
5
NOR
8
SWE
3
BEL
4
NED
(12)
POL
4
GER
7
6th 92
2006 Eklund Motorsport Saab 9-3 T16 POR
8
FRA
(12)
CZE
12
AUT
12
SWE
7
HUN
7
BEL
7
NED
8
NOR
8
POL
11
GER
(NC)
9th 73
2007 Eklund Motorsport Saab 9-3 T16 POR
4
FRA
4
HUN
6
AUT
9
SWE
(11)
NOR
(14)
BEL
14
NED
14
POL
4
CZE
6
8th 75
2008 Eklund Motorsport Saab 9-3 T16 POR
6
FRA
14
HUN
(15)
AUT
9
NOR
13
SWE
9
BEL
12
NED
(NC)
CZE
10
POL
NC
GER
6
10th 57
2009 Eklund Motorsport Saab 9-3 T16 GBR
10
POR
12
FRA
(NC)
HUN
10
AUT
NC
SWE
13
BEL
DNS
GER
12
POL
14
CZE
NC
14th 31
2010 Eklund Motorsport Saab 9-3 T16 POR
FRA
GBR
HUN
SWE
14
FIN
15
BEL
GER
POL
10
CZE
15
22nd 14

* Division 2 was rebranded as Division 1 in 1997.

Supercar[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 ERX Points
2011 Eklund Motorsport Saab 9-3 GBR
POR
FRA
NOR
SWE
24
BEL
NED
AUT
POL
CZE
7
22nd 10
2013 Eklund Motorsport Saab 9-3 GBR
POR
HUN
FIN
NOR
SWE
FRA
AUT
GER
22
45th 0
2014 Eklund Motorsport Saab 9-3 GBR NOR BEL GER
22
ITA 37th 0

Complete FIA World Rallycross Championship results[edit]

Supercar[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 WRX Points
2014 Eklund Motorsport Saab 9-3 POR
GBR
NOR
FIN
SWE
BEL
CAN
FRA
GER
30
ITA
TUR
ARG
57th 0
2015 Eklund Motorsport Saab 9-3 POR
HOC
BEL
GBR
GER
SWE
24
CAN
NOR
FRA
ESP
TUR
ITA
ARG
35th 0

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Kenneth Hansen
European Rallycross Division 1 Champion
1999
Succeeded by
Kenneth Hansen